Video Game Designer Salary

The average pay for a Video Game Designer is $58,438 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop.

$35,921 - $100,701
$36K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $59,578
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$9.85 - $51.24
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$0$106K
Salary $35,921 - $100,701
Bonus $39.91 - $49,094
Profit Sharing $49.13 - $30,521
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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$31,922 - $106,432
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 282
Hourly Data $0$98
Hourly Rate $9.85 - $51.24
Hourly Tips $34.25
Overtime $5.13 - $98.63
Annual Data $0$106K
Bonus $39.91 - $49,094
Profit Sharing $49.13 - $30,521
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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$31,922 - $106,432
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 68

Job Description for Video Game Designer

Video game designers generally work to code programs on various platforms (such as computers and gaming systems) to create playable games. Creating a game involves creating a concept and storyline and mapping it out for others on the game design team so they can help with development; designers generally work with a flowchart when creating a game's storyboard. The game must be thoroughly tested to ensure that any bugs or flaws during gameplay are resolved. Video game designers may focus on a particular element of gameplay such as environments, the game's rule system or coordinating the design team's work. Throughout the development process, these professionals must check and recode lines of coding to make any required changes uncovered during testing. They may also conduct testing themselves, including recording any identified bugs or flaws.

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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.

Video Game Designer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Video Game Designer

Pay by Experience Level for Video Game Designer

Pay by Experience for a Video Game Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Video Game Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 262 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Video Game Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Video Game Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 39 salaries. A Video Game Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,231

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Key Stats for Video Game Designer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Video Game Designer Salaries

Late-Career
▲62%

▲31%

▲18%

National Average
$60,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Video Game Designer Salaries

Microsoft Excel
▲58%

Adobe Photoshop
▲13%


National Average
$60,000

▼1%

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 14%