How Much Money Do Designers Make

In this post I’ll answer the question How Much Money Do Designers Make from entry level to those that have been in the industry a while. Please continue reading below for the full post.

$42,000+ (on average in the U.S. for entry-level web designer positions)

Getting the most basic part of the question out of the way first, according to the average entry-level web designer rate per hour is $22.62, which over the course of a year averages out to a salary of $42,934.

Yes, there are tech roles that pay more, but if you’re someone with a background in traditional print or graphic design, a jump to web design can be a pretty seamless transition. And—unlike those traditional jobs than can be hit or miss as media continues to go more and more digital— web design jobs are plentiful, with listing over 15,000 positions as of this writing.

$53,877+ (on average in U.S. for senior positions with 3+ years of web design experience)

Once you have three or more years of experience in the field and can qualify for senior level positions, Indeed’s average salary moves up to $53,877 (and peaks as high as $118,809 for senior designers who add UX design skills and experience to their resume).

Average Rates Vary Based on Geography

Finally, Web design salaries also vary based on your geographical area (or the geography of the company you’re applying for, if you’re working remotely).

Here’s a breakdown of how the average entry-level salary varies between East and West Coast (New York and Los Angeles) and between high cost of living city and low cost of living city (we’ve used San Francisco and Salt Lake City as our examples).

New York: $62,237

Los Angeles: $41,452

San Francisco: $66,240

Salt Lake City: $60,230