Average Lighting Designer Salary

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The average salary for a Lighting Designer is $53,322.
MEDIAN $53,322
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$38k - $80k
$397 - $8k
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$103 - $26k
$10 - $44k
Total Pay
$32k - $86k

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Job Description for Lighting Designer

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Lighting Designer

The top respondents for the job title Lighting Designer are from the companies Coffman Engineers, Leff Electric and Fisher Marantz Stone. Reported salaries are highest at Fisher Marantz Stone where the average pay is $61,042. Leff Electric pays the lowest at around $46,084.

Career Paths

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Lighting Designer
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Popular Skills for Lighting Designer

Skills in Design, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Revit Architecture and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Lighting Designer

An entry-level Lighting Designer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,347 based on 77 salaries. An early career Lighting Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,619 based on 295 salaries. A mid-career Lighting Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,752 based on 186 salaries. An experienced Lighting Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $62,685 based on 128 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $69,533.
Employees with Lighting Designer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 28.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (27.5% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (16.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (3.2% less) and Dallas, Texas (0.8% less).

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