What does a Lead 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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lead Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$81,956 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $82K
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Lead Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a Lead Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Lead Designer Insights

Read what Lead Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Octopus EnergyOctopus Energy
Dec. 10, 2020

“Friday night family dinners are great and a great way to keep the whole business on the same page.”

Caron Architecture
Senior Designer/Architect
Nov. 1, 2020

“A friend warned me about him shortly after joining but the boss seemed nice and good to work with.”

Wren KitchensWren Kitchens
Kitchen Design & Sales
Aug. 16, 2019

“This was very beneficial to me and i have learnt so many new things!!”

Rainbow Design ServicesRainbow Design Services
Jul. 28, 2021

“Direct supervision/leadership can be good to work with IF you get assigned to a good boss.”

Jan. 17, 2021

“Benefits are okay but not enough to stay in a job with a career cap.”

J. MendelJ. Mendel
Jan. 21, 2021

“They gave me freedom to learn and grow and working with Mr. Mendel was amazing.”

Gemmiti Model ArtGemmiti Model Art
Nov. 10, 2019

“I liked the work and was given the freedom to do it in my own.”

VERB InteractiveVERB Interactive
Senior Designer
Jul. 31, 2019

“The camaraderie around the office is impressive and definitely one of the best parts of working at VERB.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a lead designer

The most similar professions to lead designer are:
  • Industrial Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Manager

The most common qualifications to become a lead designer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.