Average Video Game Designer with Game Design Skills Salary

$63,802
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,955
Bonus
$3,888
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The average salary for a Video Game Designer with Game Design skills is $63,802.
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$40k
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$64k
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$101k
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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.
The top respondents for the job title Video Game Designer are from the companies Electronic Arts Inc., Bungie, Inc. and Ubisoft Entertainment Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Age of Learning Inc. where the average pay is $90,735. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Electronic Arts Inc. and Blizzard Entertainment, earning around $84,000 and $80,000, respectively. Bethesda Softworks pays the lowest at around $54,000. Bungie, Inc. and Gearbox Software also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $58,958 and $65,000, 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 C# Programming Language and Object Oriented Programming (OOP).

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 $49,820 based on 49 salaries. An early career Video Game Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,532 based on 233 salaries. A mid-career Video Game Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,445 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Video Game Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $93,291 based on 53 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $87,428.
Employees with Video Game Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 23.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Austin, Texas (7.0% more) and Seattle, Washington (6.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (7.7% less) and New York, New York (0.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 467 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.5%
Early Career
49.9%
Mid Career
24.4%
Experienced
11.3%
Late Career
3.9%