Average Video Game Designer Salary

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The average salary for a Video Game Designer is $62,880.
MEDIAN $62,880
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$39k - $101k
$103 - $15k
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$51 - $51k
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$36k - $111k

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Job Description for Video Game Designer

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.
The top respondents for the job title Video Game Designer are from the companies Ubisoft Entertainment Inc., Electronic Arts Inc. and Gearbox Software. Reported salaries are highest at Telltale Games where the average pay is $91,385. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Electronic Arts Inc. and Blizzard Entertainment, earning around $90,589 and $81,581, respectively. Gearbox Software pays the lowest at around $58,900. Bungie, Inc. and Activision, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $60,000 and $65,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Video Game Designer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Video Game Designer

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 $50,276 based on 169 salaries. An early career Video Game Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,718 based on 327 salaries. A mid-career Video Game Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,519 based on 172 salaries. An experienced Video Game Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,414 based on 89 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $91,270.
Employees with Video Game Designer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 17.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (15.2% more) and Austin, Texas (12.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Boston, Massachusetts (8.7% less) and New York, New York (2.9% less).

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