Interactive Designer Salary

Interactive Designers in the United States can expect wages of $57K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Interactive Designers is high. Male Interactive Designers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,228 - $85,038
$38K
$57K
$85K
MEDIAN: $57,098
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50%
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$16.11 - $49.66
$16
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$50
MEDIAN: $21.26
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$0$87K
Salary $38,228 - $85,038
Bonus $246.58 - $5,160
Profit Sharing $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$38,523 - $87,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 196
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $16.11 - $49.66
Overtime $0.00 - $38.54
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $246.58 - $5,160
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$38,523 - $87,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

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Job Description for Interactive Designer

Interactive designers are responsible for the design and implementation of all aspects of custom interactive web design. This involves the conceptualization of a website’s overall design including user interaction, navigation structure, and organization. Interactive designers then work to implement this concept with high quality visuals and a strong underlying technical framework. They may also be required to update and modify existing structures of a website not of their own creation. Additional responsibilities for interactive designers include maintaining and updating website design as new tools and techniques become standard, as well as designing peripheral media such as emails, logos, print, social media, and mobile-targeted media. They may be required to conduct or manage user research to receive feedback and update designs accordingly.

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Interactive Designer Tasks

  • Design and execute projects across multiple media platforms.
  • Evaluate and update design requirements for future projects.
  • Collaborate with the design team to develop concepts.

Common Career Paths for Interactive Designer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Interactive Designers sometimes become Senior User Experience Designers, where the average income is $103K per year. With an annual salary of $65K, Senior Web Designer is the most common role for Interactive Designers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Art Director role — which usually pays $56K — is also typical for Interactive Designers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Interactive Designer


Survey takers working as Interactive Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, Interaction Design, Design, and Web Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Web Design, HTML, and User Interface Design. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Web Design and User Interface Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,437

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Interactive Designers, 57 percent higher than the national average. Interactive Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), Portland (+21 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). Interactive Designers in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 31 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis (20 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

Interactive Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Interactive Designer?

Interactive Designer in Salt Lake City:
"Challenging yet rewarding."
Pros: Freedom to innovate and experiment.
Cons: Hectic hours when we have a lot of clients.

Interactive Designer in Memphis:
"Stressful."
Pros: Creativity, expanding my skills and knowledge.
Cons: Stress, non-creative projects.

Interactive Designer in Minneapolis:
Pros: Challenging, exciting, room to move up.
Cons: Corporate atmosphere, projects can be stagnant.

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Key Stats for Interactive Designer

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Interactive Designer Salaries

▲11%

▲8%

National Average
$57,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Interactive Designer Salaries

JavaScript
▲7%

Interaction Design
▲6%

Design
▲5%

Web Development
▲4%

Adobe InDesign
▲3%

National Average
$57,000



Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
▼3%

Adobe After Effects
▼3%




▼8%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 15%
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