Design Manager Salary

Design Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $79K per year, but may range from $49K to $130K per year. Total cash compensation for Design Managers runs from $49K to $130K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $17K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Design Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Design Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,765 - $127,852
$51K
$79K
$130K
MEDIAN: $78,968
10%
50%
90%

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$14.70 - $44.70
$15
$21
$45
MEDIAN: $20.70
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$0$132K
Salary $50,765 - $127,852
Bonus $505 - $17,039
Profit Sharing $150.00 - $17,000
Commission $18,000
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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$49,406 - $132,421
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 641
Hourly Data $0$73
Hourly Rate $14.70 - $44.70
Overtime $19.01 - $73.97
Annual Data $0$132K
Bonus $505 - $17,039
Commission $18,000
Profit Sharing $150.00 - $17,000
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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$49,406 - $132,421
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 50

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Job Description for Design Manager

Design managers can work in a variety of fields. They could, for example, work for a web design company or an interior decorator. They could also work directly with real estate developers, builders and sales teams to design and implement packages for new business developments as well as older business renovations. Regardless of the industry, design managers generally work with buyers during the selection process. They organize, maintain and make changes to designs as needed. They also meet with vendors to maximize revenue opportunities and often lead teams of other designers to ensure that a given project runs smoothly. Because of the interpersonal nature of their job position, design managers must have great written and verbal communication skills. In overseeing design teams, they are often responsible for the hiring (and firing) process, training and any performance evaluations that need to be handled.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Design Manager


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Design Managers who transition into an Industrial Design Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $122K per year. Typical career progression for a Design Manager involves becoming a Design Engineering Manager or a Creative Director, roles that pay $22K more and $2K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager


Design Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with User Interface Design, Project Coordinating, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 28 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator, Graphic Design, and Web Design. Most people familiar with Design also know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Manager

Pay by Experience for a Design Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Design Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 136 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Design Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 205 salaries. An experienced Design Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 280 salaries. A Design Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 138 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,454

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

Home to some of the best pay for Design Managers, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+41 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Boston and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Design Manager?

Design Manager in Los Angeles:
"The perks of being Design Manager."
Pros: I work with people who use imagination, and bring ideas to life, they are passionate of there work and highly enjoy what they do. We work on various projects, and each encompasses different sciences. Their is always something new to learn.
Cons: My job also requires me to pull these same people from the clouds they live on, and force them to face the real world, where cost, schedule and deadlines arte critical. That sometime we need to sacrifice the perfect for the will have to do. And explain that in the end we are a company who's bottom line is to make money.

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Key Stats for Design Manager

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$80,000

▼7%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries


Project Coordinating
▲29%



Microsoft Office
▲2%


Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$80,000

▼1%


Adobe InDesign
▼8%


▼10%

▼11%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 13%
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