Being a web designer isn’t only about money, it’s about loving what you do, satisfying the clients, making the websites more attractive and also satisfying your unlimited needs for intellectual creation. Another point is to be as creative as possible, using different techniques and software to achieve the ultimate creation for the website designed. Web designers, and I’m talking about the good web designers see this “job” as a lifestyle, fulfilling the needs of each and every client and creating the perfect website may be the ultimate goal.
To be honest, who really needs money when you love what you do? Me. But don’t get me wrong, we, the web designers have bills, student loans (most of us), mortgages, and other needs. Today I will be showing you how much do web designers make.
Let’s dive in.
There are many types of income for each and every web designer, some make huge amount of money working a few hours, and other work 65+ hours every week, barely being able to pay the rent each month and buy something for themselves. Most of the web designers are floating between this two extremes, and wondering how are things. I’ll be straight forward with you, my dear reader, we’re not even sure if what we’re doing is wrong or right, and it’s not always polite to go over on Twitter and ask how much some people are pulling in each week or month. My intentions are good, with what I said above, so please don’t get wrong.
Let’s throw away political correctness and let’s talk about how much do web designers make and how much should web designers be making. It will not be as easy as you might think, this comes down to different situations, like:
- Years of experience
- And more.
But worry not, we will arrive at the good general estimates.
It’s always best to start with the easiest solution, so I googled “average salaries” to see where that would take me. I wound up on Salary.com, a website claiming to have accurate statistics for salaries in various fields. I began with the generic term “graphic designer” for which the website suggested “Graphic Design Specialist” (fair enough). I also told the site where I live (Phoenix, Arizona), this could have a significant impact on the results so you might want to check on your city as well.
I went ahead to Salary.com – a website which claims to have accurate statistics of salaries, in different fields. Going through the website, I found the average salary for a “web designer” located in the USA. Myself, I live in Europe, and the average salary is a bit lower. But again, it depends on the skills and experience of the person who builds websites for passion and work. (I hope this didn’t sounded strange).
As you can see from the screenshot, the median salary is less than: $65,623 per year. Top salary of less than $85,582 are for experienced web designers with more than 20 years of experience.
We would not trust only one source, always do fact checking! As we can see on CareerOverview.com, the median salary for a web designer is just under $40,000.
Gathering all this information into one, a full-time web designer can make between $50,000 – $60.000.
This information should give you an idea on how much do web designers make.
What about jobs with real salaries?
If you really want to know what your worth as of today, I’d suggest you take a look at jobs and see what people are really offering.
I’d like to start with a free site called Craigslist. Now this may sound a little strange, but in fact it’s a great resource. But, yet again, you’ll have to search in a specific location, depending on where you are living.
Here is what I’ve found:
- Web Designer
Experience/Skills: Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML and CSS
- Graphic Designer / Production Artist
Experience/Skills: Bachelor’s degree, 2 years in print design, HTML
- Web Developer
Compensation: $50,000-$60,000 + benefits
- Graphic Designer / Web Design
Experience/Skills: CSS, HTML, graphic design, web layout
On PeoplePerHour.com – an online freelancer website, offering various jobs, I’ve managed to find the prices for web designers.
They range from £1k to £6k per project.
Let’s be honest now, we’re not CEO’s, we’re DESIGNERS. Most us will never drive a big luxury car or own a fancy boat. As you can see the numbers above prove we’re making under $100,000 per year, and we will surely continue to earn this much for years to come.
Where do we go from here? You’re asking. In short, we can start our own successful business, but how do we reach our full income potential?
If you want to aim higher, aim for Senior Art Director. This position, is for people who have been in the game for more than 10 years and possess high level of design skill and management experience. They are in control of all the web designers / graphic designers below them. And they have their own office, not a cubicle.
It will be better in my opinion to start your own web design business or climb to the top (learn skills, get experience and so on) and become a Senior Art Director.
Let’s talk about the average salary of a Senior Art Director.
Straight to the point, I found on Salary.com – the average yearly salary, which is around $100,000 – $140,000 per year. Now, from where I come from, with this amount of money you can be KING. Just think about it. It may take 10 years of constant work and gaining experience, but its well worth the shot. The most important thing is to NEVER GIVE UP on your DREAMS!