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Video Game Designer Average Salary in United States 2023

How much money does a Video Game Designer make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
81,500 USD
( 6,790 USD monthly)


A person working as a Video Game Designer in United States typically earns around 81,500 USD per year. Salaries range from 40,800 USD (lowest) to 126,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Video Game Designer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Video Game Designer Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Video Game Designer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Video Game Designer salaries in United States range from 40,800 USD per year (minimum salary) to 126,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 81,500 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Video Game Designer(s) are earning less than 81,500 USD while the other half are earning more than 81,500 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Video Game Designer(s) are earning less than 55,000 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 55,000 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Video Game Designer(s) are earning less than 104,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 104,000 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Video Game Designer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Video Game Designer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Video Game Designer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Video Game Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 48,900 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 64,700 USD per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 86,600 USD per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Video Game Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 103,000 USD per year, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 111,000 USD per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 120,000 USD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Video Game Designer average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
48,900 USD
2 - 5 Years+32%
64,700 USD
5 - 10 Years+34%
86,600 USD
10 - 15 Years+19%
103,000 USD
15 - 20 Years+8%
111,000 USD
20+ Years+7%
120,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Video Game Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Video Game Designer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Video Game Designer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Video Game Designer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Video Game Designer is 64,700 USD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 88,700 USD per year, 37% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 114,000 USD per year, 29% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Video Game Designer average salary difference by education level in United States

Certificate or Diploma
64,700 USD
Bachelor's Degree+37%
88,700 USD
Master's Degree+29%
114,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Video Game Designer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Video Game Designer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Video Game Designer employees in United States earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

83,200 USD
79,700 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Video Game Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Video Game Designer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Video Game Designer

Video Game Designer(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Video Game Designer
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Video Game Designer Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Video Game Designer
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A Video Game Designer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Video Game Designer Average Hourly Wage in United States

39 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 39 USD. This means that the average Video Game Designer in United States earns approximately 39 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Video Game Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Video Game Designer and Information Technology yearly United States
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The average salary for Video Game Designer is 3% less than that of Other IT. Also, Other IT salaries are 12% less than those of Information Technology.

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Artificial Intelligence Developer111,000 USD+36%
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Blockchain Developer81,400 USD-0%
Computer Animator82,700 USD+1%
Computer Hardware Engineer79,100 USD-3%
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Computer Technician71,100 USD-13%
Copy Editor78,000 USD-4%
Data Center Technician77,900 USD-4%
Documentation Specialist84,000 USD+3%
Ethical Hacker80,200 USD-2%
GIS Analyst80,300 USD-1%
Global BI Analyst101,000 USD+24%
Hardware Design Engineer88,400 USD+8%
Hardware Technician72,800 USD-11%
Help Desk Analyst91,300 USD+12%
Informatics Optimization Specialist91,800 USD+13%
Information Assurance Analyst98,500 USD+21%
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer83,200 USD+2%
Information Technology Quality Specialist92,400 USD+13%
Information Technology Trainer92,300 USD+13%
Interface Designer72,400 USD-11%
Microsystems Engineer94,000 USD+15%
Numerical Control Programmer77,800 USD-5%
Records Manager74,900 USD-8%
Scrum Master78,400 USD-4%
Software Sales85,300 USD+5%
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Storage Engineer79,700 USD-2%
Systems Engineer73,500 USD-10%
Systems Integrator91,300 USD+12%
Technical Sales94,100 USD+15%
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Technical Writer83,000 USD+2%
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User Experience Consultant103,000 USD+26%
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Video Game Designer81,500 USD-0%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta75,600 USD
Austin91,800 USD
Baltimore81,500 USD
Boston86,300 USD
Bristol67,300 USD
Chicago95,800 USD
Cincinnati71,500 USD
Cleveland72,800 USD
Dallas92,000 USD
Denver81,200 USD
Detroit82,200 USD
Honolulu66,400 USD
Houston93,100 USD
Indianapolis83,400 USD
Iowa City67,600 USD
Jacksonville90,300 USD
Kansas City73,600 USD
Kent67,400 USD
Las Vegas77,800 USD
Long Beach74,200 USD
Los Angeles94,300 USD
Memphis84,900 USD
Miami78,200 USD
Minneapolis70,400 USD
New Orleans75,400 USD
New York93,600 USD
Oakland73,800 USD
Oklahoma City77,300 USD
Orlando67,900 USD
Philadelphia90,800 USD
Phoenix93,100 USD
Sacramento75,300 USD
San Antonio92,200 USD
San Diego91,000 USD
San Francisco89,800 USD
San Jose90,800 USD
Seattle82,300 USD
Tampa68,100 USD
Vancouver68,500 USD
Washington D.C.84,800 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama84,600 USD
Alaska75,100 USD
Arizona82,100 USD
Arkansas77,200 USD
California89,600 USD
Colorado82,200 USD
Connecticut81,000 USD
Delaware76,500 USD
District of Columbia68,700 USD
Florida87,000 USD
Georgia86,800 USD
Hawaii75,400 USD
Idaho76,600 USD
Illinois91,900 USD
Indiana89,100 USD
Iowa75,800 USD
Kansas77,100 USD
Kentucky80,700 USD
Louisiana82,000 USD
Maine76,700 USD
Maryland88,000 USD
Massachusetts80,900 USD
Michigan85,400 USD
Minnesota82,000 USD
Mississippi78,500 USD
Missouri85,500 USD
Montana76,800 USD
Nebraska72,900 USD
Nevada75,600 USD
New Hampshire73,700 USD
New Jersey87,000 USD
New Mexico78,600 USD
New York93,100 USD
North Carolina83,200 USD
North Dakota69,100 USD
Ohio86,800 USD
Oklahoma80,200 USD
Oregon81,500 USD
Pennsylvania91,900 USD
Rhode Island76,500 USD
South Carolina78,900 USD
South Dakota71,600 USD
Tennessee84,700 USD
Texas91,800 USD
Utah79,200 USD
Vermont74,600 USD
Virginia83,200 USD
Washington83,800 USD
West Virginia75,600 USD
Wisconsin84,100 USD
Wyoming72,300 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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