$53,055
Avg. Salary
$21.99
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,995

Profit Sharing

$2,560

Commission

$3,931

The average pay for a Lighting Designer is $21.99 per hour.

The average pay for a Lighting Designer is $53,055 per year.

$13
10%
$22
50%
$47
90%
MEDIAN $22
$36k
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$53k
50%
$83k
90%
MEDIAN $53,055
$35,975 - $83,297
$36K
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MEDIAN: $53,055
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$12.67 - $46.54
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$0$90K
Salary $35,975 - $83,297
Bonus $403 - $9,943
Profit Sharing $400 - $10,000
Commission $10.30 - $43,631
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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$31,971 - $90,522
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 486
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $12.67 - $46.54
Overtime $21.54 - $59.18
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $403 - $9,943
Commission $10.30 - $43,631
Profit Sharing $400 - $10,000
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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$31,971 - $90,522
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 207

Job Description for Lighting Designer

Lighting designers are responsible for the design and implementation of lighting in architectural and construction projects. They work closely with architects, engineers, and maintenance workers to assess the projects’ lighting requirements and design an appropriate plan; this involves research, consultation with other members of the construction team, and reviewing the space's specifications to produce lighting that meets clients' expectations and industry standards. Once a design is completed, lighting designers establish cost estimates and design specifications, which they share with clients and other members of the construction team. As construction proceeds, they provide additional consultation and make any updates needed due to changing construction goals or unforeseen issues.

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Lighting Designer Tasks

  • Make presentations and interact with customers/clients.
  • Assist in the development of custom fixture designs and testing for new lighting applications.
  • Translate interior designer/architect lighting concept into specification form.
  • Perform computer generated calculations and illuminating renderings.
  • Provide lighting specifications for interior/exterior/landscape lighting applications and create lighting schedules and all related design documentation as required.

Lighting Designer Pay By Employer

$0$55K

$55,457

Lighting Designer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Lighting Designer

Pay by Experience Level for Lighting Designer

Pay by Experience for a Lighting Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Lighting Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 188 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lighting Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 110 salaries. An experienced Lighting Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 90 salaries. A Lighting Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,731

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

Lighting Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lighting Designer?

Lighting Designer in Winston-Salem:
"It is the perfect mixture of creativity and technical work."
Pros: I love the opportunity to work withe different bands and people. It helps grow as a professional. It also teaches the ability to work hard and efficiently on the fly. You have to know what you're doing in this career. There is no fake it until you make itm.
Cons: There are some bands that do not explain what they want and get frustrated no matter what.

Lighting Designer in Norman:
"Long Hours."
Long hours, Last Minute Changes, Very hard physical labor, conflict resolution, flexibility.

Lighting Designer in Alexandria:
"Good Customer Service."
If you win the customer over with your confidence and personality, you will get the sale. But have them physically measure the fixture out in the space first before purchase. Don't try to push a sale through. Your customers will appreciate that. It's not just about the bath bar or pendants sold. It's about turning that customer into a lifetime customer. They will in turn refer you to all their friends. Provide good customer service to everyone that walks into your store.

Lighting Designer in Honolulu:
"Lighting Design, super rewarding when you play to a crowd!!!"
Keep your head down...keep studying...keep reading...stay sharp as to what everyone else is doing in the scene.

Lighting Designer in San Francisco:
"Art And Science."
Pros: Creative design challenges with technical solutions. Rewarding work. Very innovative field.
Cons: Most companies are small and don't offer healthcare. Bad business practices are rampant. Long hours. No overtime pay.

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Key Stats for Lighting Designer

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Lighting Designer Salaries

▲25%

▲12%

▲1%

National Average
$53,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

Project Management
▲5%

▲3%


National Average
$53,000



Design
▼5%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼5%

▼6%

Autodesk Revit MEP
▼9%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼10%

Vectorworks
▼15%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 24%