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game design salaryWhen looking at video game design salary trends, it's quite apparent that earnings for those involved in video game development will continue to see a steady increase. Below we have listed what one can expect to make in the gaming industry depending on experience and job description.

Note that the salary ranges are based on US earnings. The low number represents what to expect in the first year, and the higher number reflects 5+ years or more of experience.


Artists: $40,000 to $65,000
Animators: $45,000 to $70,000
Lead Artists / Animators: $65,000 to $80,000

Game Designers: $40,000 to $70,000
Creative Directors / Lead Designers: $45,000 to $90,000

Full SailProgrammers: $50,000 to $90,000
Lead Programmers: $75,000 to 100,000
Technical Directors: $90,000 to $120,000

Audio Designers: $65,000 to $75,000
Music Composers / Musicians: $65,000 to $90,000

Video Game Testers: $25,000 to $45,000
Lead Game Testers: $40,000 to $60,000

PR Marketing: $50,000 to $85,000


These game design salary ranges are not exact numbers but a general average to give you an idea of what to expect. Several factors such as location, size of company, and experience effect the potential salary range you can expect. Earnings in California or New York for example are generally higher than earnings in the midwest.

Considering the explosion of the video games industry, expect the game design salary scale to rise with the increase of sales in the console, hand held, and PC markets.


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