Salaries for Designers--They're Still Cheaper Than A New York Shrink.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on February 13, 2007

Check out Coroflot’s survey of what it takes to hire design managers, interactive designers, interior designers, architects, etc. At the “high end,” it costs about $200,000 to get the best in-house corporate design manager or outside consultant (not sure how they got to that latter figure).

Their numbers show you can get the best for half that in Canada but it costs $150,000 for the best in Brazil. China? Only $70,000. England? Even less-$45,000. Can this be correct? India, back up to $150,000. OK. I give up. Coroflot, how did you come to these numbers?

Reader Comments

niti bhan

February 13, 2007 6:40 PM

just hazarding a guess here, as to their methods, but what if it's based on availability of talent versus the number of people who want to hire them? then, the pattern of the relative salaries across countries makes sense to me. imho.

Dan Lewis

February 13, 2007 9:36 PM

I think there is no method, just a reporting. To draw any comparisons from this “survey” is a real stretch. There is not enough information, too few respondents (2979) and too many categories. Certainly there is no way to draw comparisons of relative value of design or designers from what is reported.

J Chau

February 14, 2007 2:49 AM

It was a fill in yourself 'survey' they've had up on their site for a while, so anyone can plug in any numbers they want, without verification. Can they call these 'surveys'?

RitaSue Siegel

February 14, 2007 2:59 AM

It actually can cost more than $200,000 in the US. In some industries, $500,000 is the base salary and more is made on bonus. We placed one this week for a base of $340,000 and he can make a 60-70% bonus if targets are met. We have done salary surveys for clients and they are very tricky. There are not that many 'like likes.' In addition, there are some inhouse designers who don't have the top spot who are making more than $300,000. Every company is different although there are some industries like automotive and beauty that pay a lot. You knew I'd have something to say on this one, Bruce, didn't you?

Ralf Beuker

February 20, 2007 5:55 PM

I know that once in a while DMI is doing salary surveys among their members as well. This seems to be a far more reliable basis than the Coroflot thing.

I'm not sure about the date of the latest DMI survey, but I'm sure Tom Lockwood would be more than happy to support you on this, Bruce.

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