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About to negotiate salary with potential employer. Anyone know the salary range for mid-level designer (3-5yr) in consultancies in the following cities:

Seattle

Los Angeles

Boston

Chicago

Austin



Thanks!

Check out the Core Salary Survery!
www.coroflot.com/community/results.asp

He named the particular cities, not the entire state. I’m sure we’re all aware of the survey. I think he’s asking for examples.

the survey is a hoax. a lot of people lie.

Designer? - Industrial, Web, Interface, Interior, Web, PCB, Exhibit, Floral, Fashion, Clothes…

If Industrial Design:

Industrial Designer II--------25th%ile--------Median--------75th%ile
the United States --------$47,523--------$54,425--------$58,015

Seattle, WA ---------------$50,565--------$57,908--------$61,728

Los Angeles, CA ----------$53,654--------$61,446--------$65,499

Boston, MA ----------------$52,466--------$60,085--------$64,049

Chicago, IL ----------------$51,800--------$59,323--------$63,237

Austin, TX -----------------$46,050--------$52,738--------$56,217

If not, www.salary.com has info on the others.

from www.designsalaries.com

Designer, Consultancy, All Sizes, All Client Bases

Seattle: 2005 average
25% earn less than - $40,000
50% earn less than - $44,000
75% earn less than - $60,000

Los Angeles: 2005 average
25% earn less than - $39,000
50% earn less than - $46,000
75% earn less than - $54,000

Boston: 2005 average
25% earn less than - $32,000
50% earn less than - $42,300
75% earn less than - $44,300

Chicago: 2005 average
25% earn less than - $37,000
50% earn less than - $40,000
75% earn less than - $41,000

Austin: 2005 average
25% earn less than - $33,000
50% earn less than - $34,000
75% earn less than - $57,000

U.S. 2005 national average
25% earn less than - $35,000
50% earn less than - $40,000
75% earn less than - $48,000

Those are salaries for Graphic/Web Designers, not Industrial Designers. Don’t be stupid! This is an Industrial Design forum. No wonder those numbers seem kind of low.

Oh right I forgot!!!, mid level industrial designers possess extra ordinary knowledge and experience that entitles them to six figure salaries. I’m not trying to keep people down but lets be serious.

The designsalaries.com survey might be focused more in the graphics world but it also includes designers who work in web design and development, who believe it or not tend to make more than industrial designers. It also has a momumentally higher participation rate than the coroflot survey. The numbers on designsalaries are backed up in the thousands while the coroflot survey has many results with participation less than one hundred (or often 1). Like it or not, designsalaries is more statistically sound.

If you look at the coroflot survey, the only reason the mid level average is as high as it is, is because ONE PERSON in Israel claimed to be making $210,000 and it looks like ONE PERSON claimed to be making $120,000 on the west coast. Most people on coroflot are claiming to make between $20,000 to $50,000 if you look at the stronger returns. Now look at designsalaries.com and HOLY SHIT, most people are claiming to make anywhere between the mid $30,000 to $60,000 which in case you can count is HIGHER than what coroflot says.

the numbers seem TOO HIGH!

…for graphic designers HAHA!

I agree with mmjohns about the above.

One thing I don’t understand is why when someone is filling out a survey and it is totally confidential they have to lie and increase their salary. Why not just be honest!