$79,472
Avg. Salary
$22.29
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$5,224

Profit Sharing

$5,046

Commission

$20,952

The average pay for a Design Manager is $22.29 per hour.

The average pay for a Design Manager is $79,472 per year.

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$38
90%
MEDIAN $22
$51k
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MEDIAN $79,472
$51,115 - $128,565
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MEDIAN: $79,472
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$14.58 - $37.62
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$0$135K
Salary $51,115 - $128,565
Bonus $1,002 - $19,478
Profit Sharing $601 - $14,899
Commission $10,067 - $49,665
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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$49,525 - $135,057
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,318
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $14.58 - $37.62
Overtime $20.43 - $72.72
Annual Data $0$135K
Bonus $1,002 - $19,478
Commission $10,067 - $49,665
Profit Sharing $601 - $14,899
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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$49,525 - $135,057
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 111

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: $80,417

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).

Design Manager Advice

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

Design Manager in Baltimore:
"Wisdom and experience."
Read everything you can find about your job. Join local organizations.

Design Manager in Fort Worth:
"Summary."
Lighting isn't what most people would think. Common sense should prevail and one should always remember that criteria is very seldom set in stone. Local criteria should always be checked and follow to the best of your ability.

Design Manager in Beltsville:
"Empowering your staff is as important as managing your staff."
You cannot manage what you do not measure. No employee is the same. Find out how they work and what motivates them. Empower and support your staff so they will be successful and independent.

Design Manager in Beltsville:
"Empowering your staff is as important as managing."
You cannot manage what you do not measure. No employee is the same. Learn how each works and what motivates them. Empower and support each employee for independent success.

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 268 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%

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 268 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 12%