Average Video Game Designer Salary

$64,993
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,045
Bonus
$10,009
Commission
$2,606
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The average salary for a Video Game Designer is $64,993.
10%
$40k
MEDIAN
$65k
90%
$102k
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$40k - $102k
Bonus
$150 - $18k
Profit Sharing
$42 - $30k
Commission
$0 - $10k
Total Pay
$39k - $108k
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What Do Video Game Designers Do?

Video Game Designer Tasks
  • Drive game design through conceptualization, presentation, implementation, tuning, and release.
  • Assist in design of user interface screens, support screens, and game levels.
  • Conceptualize and implement game mechanics, animation, characters, narrative, assets, AI behaviors, text, and sound.

Job Satisfaction for Video Game Designer

4.2 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Video Game Designer are from the companies Electronic Arts Inc., Ubisoft Entertainment Inc. and Bungie, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Telltale Games where the average pay is $91,385. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Age of Learning Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc., earning around $90,735 and $87,921, respectively. Bungie, Inc. pays the lowest at around $60,000. Wargaming.net and Ubisoft Entertainment Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $63,500 and $68,700, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Video Game Designers?

Skills in Design, Writing Procedures & Documentation and User Experience (UX) Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and Game Design.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Video Game Designers?

An entry-level Video Game Designer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $51,120 based on 73 salaries. An early career Video Game Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,963 based on 325 salaries. A mid-career Video Game Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,659 based on 147 salaries. An experienced Video Game Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,994 based on 84 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $98,639.
Employees with Video Game Designer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 20.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (18.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (13.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (9.7% less) and New York, New York (1.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 659 survey responses.
Entry Level
11.1%
Early Career
49.3%
Mid Career
22.3%
Experienced
12.7%
Late Career
4.6%