Production Designer Salary

Production Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $47K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While some workers in this profession — around one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Women Production Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of Production Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,255 - $77,051
$34K
$46K
$77K
MEDIAN: $46,133
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90%

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$13.81 - $36.02
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$36
MEDIAN: $20.66
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$0$77K
Salary $34,255 - $77,051
Bonus $502 - $7,891
Profit Sharing $110 - $6,456
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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$31,298 - $77,542
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 332
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $13.81 - $36.02
Overtime $18.82 - $48.01
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $502 - $7,891
Profit Sharing $110 - $6,456
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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$31,298 - $77,542
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 195

Job Description for Production Designer

Production designers must have creative minds, as they are responsible for creating a variety of marketing and graphic designs. Responsibilities may also include the marketing of web pages, banner ads, e-mail campaigns, and other promotional media outlets. Production designers must execute these tasks from conception to completion with near-perfect results in a campaign.

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Production Designer Tasks

  • Edit, format, lay out, design and produce online or physical marketing materials.
  • Create and disseminate proofs, ensuring version control.
  • Edit graphics, photographs and other visuals.
  • Utilize, update and create templates and follow branding policies and style guides.

Common Career Paths for Production Designer


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At the upper end, Production Designers who move into a Senior Graphic Designer role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Survey results suggest that Production Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with autodesk autocad and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Acrobat, Project Management, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Designer

Pay by Experience for a Production Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 178 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Production Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 66 salaries. A Production Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,208

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

For Production Designers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Production Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Minneapolis (+5 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Production Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Production Designers in Houston bring in salaries that are 46 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (16 percent lower) and Cincinnati (13 percent lower).

Production Designer Reviews

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

Production Designer in Hoffman Estates:
"Corporate."
Pros: I love the people I work with and the jobs can be fun!
Cons: Half the time I feel there is no work coming my way and I am stuck doing nothing. I find things to do but I want a more constant flow of work.

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Key Stats for Production Designer

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

▲26%

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$46,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

autodesk autocad
▲26%

Design
▲6%


National Average
$46,000

Graphic Design
▼3%



Project Management
▼11%

Adobe Acrobat
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%