The average salary for a Video Game Designer with Game Design skills is $61,998.
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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 par…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Video Game Designer
The top respondents for the job title Video Game Designer are from the companies Electronic Arts Inc., Gearbox Software and Blizzard Entertainment. 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 $89,392 and $80,000, respectively. Bungie, Inc. pays the lowest at around $60,000. Gearbox Software and Activision, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $61,984 and $63,871, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Video Game Designer
User Experience (UX) Design
C# Programming Language
Skills in User Experience (UX) Design, Writing Procedures & Documentation and C# Programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and 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 $49,173 based on 103 salaries. An early career Video Game Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,291 based on 210 salaries. A mid-career Video Game Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,426 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Video Game Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,939 based on 54 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $85,000.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Video Game Designer in their job title in Irvine, California earn an average of 32.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (18.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (6.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Redmond, Washington (11.3% less) and New York, New York (1.5% less).
Years of Experience
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