Web Designer Salary

Average Web Designers in the United States make around $46K annually. Cash earnings for Web Designers — including $5K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $75K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just over a half have dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Web Designers making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Web Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,650 - $69,510
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,327
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$11.49 - $46.09
(Median)
$11
$19
$46
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,650 - $69,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $9,933  
Commission
$0.00 - $22,000  
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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$29,119 - $74,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $46.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$13.59 - $48.17  
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
$0.00 - $4,923  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $22,000  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $9,933  
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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$29,119 - $74,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,469
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Web Designer


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At the upper end, Web Designers who move into a Senior User Experience Designer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior User Experience Designers is a much higher $102K per year. It is not uncommon for a Web Designer to continue on to become a Web Designer & Developer or a Senior Web Designer.

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Popular Skills for Web Designer


Web Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, HTML5, Web Design, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PHP, Wordpress, and Web Development. People who know Cascading Style Sheets usually also know HTML. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know Web Design and HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Web Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Web Designers report making only $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,105

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

For Web Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+23 percent), New York (+18 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 12 percent below the national average.

Web Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Web Designer?

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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Experience Affects Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries


Web Design
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HTML5
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
0%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$45,000

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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JavaScript
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HTML
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Dreamweaver
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e-Commerce
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Web Development
up arrow 4%

Wordpress
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 705 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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