Designers! Let’s gather some salary data.. Share your level, company context (design team or solo contributor?) location, annual base salary (and bonus if applying)

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0 YOE (Recent master’s grad from Harvard & CS undergrad, no industry experience)

Junior UX Designer at a leading EdTech company

On the product design team (3 UX designers & 4 product designers)

Salary: 92k
Location: Boston, MA

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5 YOE in digital product design as a solo designer

$140k salary no bonus in NYC. (started with a $60k salary)

I oversee a contractor designer and am about to get a mid-level direct report.

--- For Graphic Designers trying to move into Product Design ---

👇 TIP 👇

1) Start creating personal projects showing UX dig. product design. Do you use an app that you wish had a feature that would make the experience so much better? Great, design that and build your portfolio with a few of those projects to start applying for jobs.

2) don't apply for senior product design roles the most important thing is to get through the door!! you can move up or change jobs later

3) keep applying! it took me a good two years at the beginning but mostly because I didn't go all in on tip 1. I had some personal projects but nothing too user-centric, it was mostly showing my UI design skills.

📖 My dark past as a graphic designer:

Before my 5 years in digital product design, I was doing graphic design for a food company In California still as a solo designer and was grossly underpaid, overworked, and being gaslighted AF!! I had Stockholm syndrome, I was friends with my boss and it was super hard to leave. He got bitter and even told me a was delusional about wanting a job that pays $20hr at the time because i don't have a degree 😤 🤬

If this is you, YOU HAVE TO GET OUT! best thing I ever did for my career.

I was doing everything, packaging design, print, website, expo booth design, even managing amazon store orders, and making $1200/mo.

GOOD LUCK!

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UXD/ Product Designer
3.5 YOE
TC ~$150k (125k base, ~25k bonuses/match)
Design cohort, staffed with multidisciplinary team
Midwest

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Let me put out there that YOE in-house does not necessarily translate to working as a PD in a consultative environment. I've seen more than a few PDs get frustrated that they can't simply focus on developing their craft, and have to perform the full-stack expectations mentioned by BCG.

Make sure you want to be a designer *and* consultant -- with a lot of lateral stretch -- if you want the role and the comp.

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Freelance/Contingent Worker, IC5, Meta, $160hr/~330k annual, NYC, 9 YOE

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And mad taxes yes 😭

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Senior product designer, 12 YOE, Canada
Prefer IC leadership, coach more than management.
- last job (startup) 96k Canadian + 8k bonus & 4K entry bonus
Currently negotiating new job for 110k Canadian in VC company/startup studio as full stack product designer AND another one at 120k cad, as lead designer in scale-up, with growth focus. Not sure yet where to go.

Any other Canadians here?

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Interesting. To be honest for the bonus, I just assumed based on the trend of comments.

I would not dare to ask up front details of the compensation package I’ll admit, but probably because I feel it is not standard.

I have 5YOE in product design. Based on some answers I see I should considered asking more than 130k

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4 YOE, senior product designer, solo design lead for my vertical (company has 150 designers)

180k base, 250k total comp.

NYC :)

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damn i had 2 interviews with doordash a couple of months ago and thought it went well but got a generic message being rejected.

I wonder if it was because of the hiring freeze, otherwise I have no idea what didn't go well since the message was super generic :/

Senior Product Designer | fintech, medium sized startup, small design team (3)
2 YOE
Toronto
225k base

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I am looking for graphic designer job in Toronto. Any help?

Product Designer
3 YOE in tech
IC within 25+ person design team
Based in central Texas (not Austin), but company is in the Bay Area
170k base, 230k Total Comp with equity

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Couldn’t pay me enough to manage 25+ creatives. lol. Bravo to you!

I am realizing how underpaid I am with my YOE

$133k base + $14k bonus
YOE: 20+
Design Team & IC
3 direct reports

Currently interviewing with Google and Amazon. R2 with both. DM if you have any openings and love where you work:)

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Update: Accepted an offer from Amazon (Their hiring process is just as challenging as Google, if not more challenging)

YOE: 23+ (solid YOE in this field)
IC - Lead role & no direct reports
$170 base + $138k bonus (Y1) + RSU

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Wow, I’m about to walk out of my job. 16/hour (26k). Brand coordinator and graphic designer for a restaurant and food company + social media. 6 years experience. It’s just me and the web wizard. New Mexico.

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Thank you all. Spending today building my portfolio and hopefully I’ll get into some interviews this week! After catching covid without having benefits it’s become apparent that I’m losing money working there. Two dozen posts last week for a $300 check. Almost anything is better than that!

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2016 Graphic Designer, Job 1, 50k
2017 Graphic Designer, Job 1, 55k
2018 Graphic Designer, Job 2, 70k
2019 Product Designer, Job 2, 77k
2020 Product Designer, Job 2, 77k
2021 Product Designer, Job 3, 100k
2022 Sr. Product Designer, Job 4, 135k

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Just curious, was your leap from graphic design to product design challenging? What skills or programs are most important to learn to do it?

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5 YOE in Design (7 in Video)
Junior Designer (position title)
On the design team (4 members)
MA

46k with one $700 bonus.

P.S Review is coming up and going to firmly fight for atleast 52.

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I am also a junior designer with 2 YOE, (2 years out of college) working at an agency in MA. I make $47k right now, but reviews around the corner and hoping to push for at least a 10% raise 🤞🏼.

Had a chat with a UX friend the other day who’s salary and work life balance are tempting enough to make a shift…

3.5 YOE
Designer/consultant
Big 4 firm with a large design team
Generally staffed as a solo designer or with 1-2 other designers on a cross functional team
Southeast
~$200k TC (140k base ~60k in bonuses last year)

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Which firm/team if you’re comfortable sharing? Currently 1.5 YOE (C level) 112k base at Dimension10

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Staff Product Designer
Work remotely (USA) - Based in San Francisco
IC in a team of about 30
YOE: 10
Base: 201K
Bonus: 30K
Equity: ~100K/year

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Faang?

Was on the other thread where McK lvl 7 had 750k packages. Huge disparity between management, engineers and Design still.

2005 - interior design internship - $3600/yr India
2007 - architecture - $4000/yr India
2010 - UX designer - $80k + free housing, meals, gym - east Asia - pocketed almost everything
2014 - Sr UX consulting - 125k/yr - US
2016 - promoted to principal - negotiated to 160/yr
2019 - director boutique consulting - 230k/yr
2022 - executive in new consulting - 300k+ may be 400 OTE

For your company: Design is your business differentiator not your tech or business model anymore.

Elevate your pitch. I miss hands on designing but it’s not something I can’t go back to.

likeuplifting

From India!! Wow
Me too
I’d love to connect with you
If you don’t mind.
No questions
Just keeping in touch to learn abt your journey

Senior Experience Design Director
10 YOE
TC ~$460k (225k base, ~235k bonuses)
Design cohort, NYC

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70?! You work in the agreed upon hours you made with that company so please enjoy your real life too. They can wait until 7am.

I am little surprised how much you all make over the pond..
UK here, 8 years experience - £55,000
Starting to think I should be asking for more.

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UX designer in the UK, 2 years of experience as UX, £50k x year.
Before that I was a senior digital graphic designer, 8 years of experience, my last year salary was £40k.

1 YOE, visual designer at a large gaming company, 71 base

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Graduated with my bachelor’s last year! It’s visual art / 3D /design work, currently located in NYC

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Junior product designer
8 mos - 85k. Based in HTX, but company based in Chicago.

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That’s very true. I am grateful for the opportunity. It took a lot of abuse from previous bosses and undermining.

Senior Product Designer
3 YOE
Unicorn startup
Remote but live in HCOL
$260k ($175k base, $10k bonus, the rest stocks)

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Damn

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