Web Designer Salary

Web Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Web Designers. Ranging between $30K near the bottom and $80K near the top, total earnings can include up to $7K from bonuses and up to $6K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $29K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. Men working as Web Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$33,903 - $73,665
$34K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,659
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$11.59 - $48.84
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$49
MEDIAN: $19.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,903 - $73,665  
   
Bonus
$406.95 - $6,531  
Profit Sharing
$21.33 - $6,183  
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,087  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,171 - $80,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,889
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $48.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$17.98 - $45.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$406.95 - $6,531  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$21.33 - $6,183  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,171 - $80,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 921

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Job Description for Web Designer

A web designer develops, creates, and codes web pages and associated apps for individuals, companies, and other entities. They work with their clients to provide technical and graphical aspects of the website or application. Some web designers also help maintain the website for their customer after it is completed. As more and more websites require mobile touchscreen accessibility, web designers must be able to code sites that are simultaneously compatible with this platform as well. This is a rapidly changing job that requires the frequent updating of skills.

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Web Designer Tasks

  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.

Common Career Paths for Web Designer


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Web Designers may progress into high-paying roles like Senior User Experience Designer, where median compensation is $103K annually. As Web Designers progress in their field, many go on to become Web Designer & Developers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $46K. Another common career choice for Web Designers is to move into a Senior Web Designer role — this promotion usually pays $65K.

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Popular Skills for Web Designer


Survey results imply that Web Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, JavaScript, Web Design, and e-Commerce are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Dreamweaver, Wordpress, and Adobe InDesign. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Web Design and HTML. Most people who know Cascading Style Sheets also know HTML and Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

Pay by Experience for a Web Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Web Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,892 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Web Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 885 salaries. An experienced Web Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 447 salaries. A Web Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 54 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,177

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Web Designers that is 52 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+33 percent), New York (+27 percent), Washington (+26 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and San Diego (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Web Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Web Designer?

Web Designer in Seattle:
"I like making a product usable."
Pros: I like building something new. I like making a more accessible user experience.
Cons: The beaurocracy.

Web Designer in Washington:
"Creative work in the government."
Pros: My team is small which allows for more opportunities to take on larger, high-profile projects, but also keeps the general integrity of production quality. Our team has become well known around the Department as a reliable group producing great work.
Cons: In working with the government, there is a lot of red tape that makes the creative process harder. The mindset is different from the private sector and the production pace is much slower.

Web Designer in Milwaukee:
"Relaxed corporate atmosphere building enterprise software."
Pros: Very relaxed atmosphere: free coffee/soda, casual dress code, flexible schedule, etc. Lots of paid time off and paid holidays.
Cons: The pay scale for my position hasn't been reviewed in years and is reasonable for someone with half my skill-set.

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Key Stats for Web Designer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 358 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Web Designer Salaries

▲30%

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries


▲3%

▲2%

▲1%

HTML
▼0%

National Average
$47,000




▼1%





▼7%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 358 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 31%
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