Average Design Manager Salary

$83,005
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,850
Bonus
$25,962
Commission
$4,929
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The average salary for a Design Manager is $83,005.
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$54k
MEDIAN
$83k
90%
$136k
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$54k - $136k
Bonus
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$710 - $16k
Commission
$16k - $39k
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$52k - $144k
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What Do Design Managers Do?

Design Manager Tasks
  • Provide expertise on graphics, structures, and human factors to identify consumer needs and behaviors and develop a cohesive brand.
  • Lead and develop project team, and determine strategies to improvement productivity or overall team processes.
  • Develop hypotheses for brand improvement or growth and isolate key areas for brand opportunities.

Job Satisfaction for Design Manager

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The top respondents for the job title Design Manager are from the companies Gensler, Pratt Industries Inc and Agile Sports Technologies, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Mattel, Inc. where the average pay is $139,393. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Teague and Agile Sports Technologies, Inc., earning around $134,815 and $111,000, respectively. Pratt Industries Inc pays the lowest at around $54,215. Gensler and Marriott International, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $85,953 and $96,600, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Design Managers?

Skills in People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Project Management and Design.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Design Managers?

An entry-level Design Manager with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $63,269 based on 6 salaries. An early career Design Manager with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,976 based on 195 salaries. A mid-career Design Manager with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,269 based on 366 salaries. An experienced Design Manager with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $88,275 based on 564 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $92,586.
Employees with Design Manager in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 65.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (14.5% more) and New York, New York (7.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (7.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,441 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.4%
Early Career
13.5%
Mid Career
25.4%
Experienced
39.1%
Late Career
21.5%