What does a Designer do?

Designers play key roles in creative companies and use elements including typography and illustration within their daily work. Designers have several fields they could choose from, including graphic design, interior design, floral design, and fashion design.

Designers use research to help solve problems and to properly assess what a client or an audience may need; they strive to get to know their customers by finding solutions and products that satisfy their needs. Designers use their creativity which helps ensure they are on the right path to create what the customer desires. Designers stay current with industry trends to keep ahead of their competitors and strive to produce consistently excellent work. As nurturers of creativity, they encourage others to share ideas, and they provide direction for projects and team members. While there is no formal requirement to become a designer, many attend art schools where they learn expertise and their field of choice. Most designers have fluency in software packages including InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
64%
5 - 7
13%
8+
11%

Common Skill Sets

AutoCAD
Indesign Photoshop
Adobe Creative Suite
VERBAL Communication
Microsoft Office Suite
Written Communication
Interface
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Designer Seniority Levels

L2
Designer
$58,853/yr
L3
Senior Designer
$60,142/yr
L4
Lead Designer
$81,956/yr
Creative Manager
46% made the transition
Design Manager
5% made the transition
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Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$58,853 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$40K
Median: $59K
$87K
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