The 2022 London Design Salary Benchmark

Design” is now part of the key decision-making process within companies more than ever, so what does that mean for salaries?

Design has long been acknowledged as a vital part of a product, but over the past few years, design has evolved to become the key to its success. 

Design Salaries

The sector you work in has an impact on your salary. The current market is seeing Tech companies leading the way with high salaries to attract and retain the best talent. They are closely followed by start-ups in the race for high salaries.

Another factor for Design salaries increasing is that “Design” is now part of the key decision-making process within companies more than ever – “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” -Steve Jobs

Product Design

In the online world, we now find ourselves in, the design behind the websites and apps we use every minute of the day is a vital part of their success. The way we consume has changed drastically and competition for online businesses is bigger than ever.  Roles from Product Designers, to User Researchers, have all seen a healthy increase in salaries as businesses now understand the importance of this talent.

In-house Design Studios

For businesses to drive themselves forward and beat the competition many are continuing to bring their design and tech functions in-house. It enables them to be more versatile, and flexible with the design systems they want to create. These can often be done on a long project basis – perfect for accomplished product design contractors.

 

Other factors that may affect salary bands include the level of experience, skill set, region or location, and the future scope of the role.

The salary benchmark we present is a median.  We acknowledge there are vast discrepancies across the design market, but based on the current market these are the salaries that employees and employers can expect.

If you would like to discuss hiring or salary trends in Design talk to the team today. Or if you are looking for a new opportunity explore the job board.

Choose salary type

Design

British pounds (£), Full Time Salary (calc. Annually)

    Product Design

    • Director of Product Design

      £150K - £220K

    • Head of Design

      £100K - £150K

    • Principal Product Designer

      £100K - £150K

    • Lead Product Designer

      £90K - £120K

    • Senior Product Designer

      £80K - £100K

    • Product Designer

      £55K - £80K

    UX RESEACH

    • Head of UX Research

      £120K - £180K

    • Principal UX Researcher

      £120K - £160K

    • Lead UX Researcher

      £95K - £120K

    • Senior UX Researcher

      £75K - £95K

    • UX Researcher

      £50K - £75K

    Conceptual Creative

    • Executive Creative Director

      £150K - £250K

    • Creative Director

      £85K - £160K

    • Associate Creative Director

      £75K - £95K

    • Creative Lead

      £65K - £85K

    • Senior Cretive (Art Director, Copywriter, Hybrid, or Creative Team)

      £55K - £80K

    • Mid-Weight Cretive (Art Director, Copywriter, Hybrid, or Creative Team)

      £35K - £55K

    • Junior Cretive (Art Director, Copywriter, Hybrid, or Creative Team)

      £25K - £35K

    Integrated Design, Digital Design, and Branding

    • Head of Design

      £90K - £150K

    • Design Director

      £80K - £100K

    • Associate Design Director

      £70K - £90K

    • Design Lead

      £60K - £80K

    • Senior Designer

      £50K - £75K

    • Mid-Weight Designer

      £30K - £50K

    • Junior Designer

      £20K - £30K

    Video and motion

    • Senior Motion Designer

      £50K - £60K

    • Mid Motion Designer

      £35K - £45K

    • creative lead (motion)

      £70K - £80K

    • Senior Video editor

      £50K - £55K

    • Midweight video editor

      £35K - £45K

    • CG artist

      £55K - £65K

    • Compositor

      £50K - £60K

Design

British pounds (£), Day Rate

    Product Design

    • Director of Product Design

      £900+

    • Head of Design

      £700+

    • Principal Product Designer

      £700+

    • Lead Product Designer

      £600+

    • Senior Product Designer

      £550+

    • Product Designer

      £450+

    UX RESEACH

    • Head of UX Research

      £700+

    • Principal UX Researcher

      £700+

    • Lead UX Researcher

      £600+

    • Senior UX Researcher

      £550+

    • UX Researcher

      £450+

    Conceptual Creative

    • Executive Creative Director

      £700 - £900

    • Creative Director

      £500 - £700

    • Associate Creative Director

      £450 - £500

    • Creative Lead

      £400 - £450

    • Senior Cretive (Art Director, Copywriter, Hybrid, or Creative Team)

      £350 - £400

    • Mid-Weight Cretive (Art Director, Copywriter, Hybrid, or Creative Team)

      £300 - £350

    • Junior Cretive (Art Director, Copywriter, Hybrid, or Creative Team)

      £250 - £300

    Integrated Design, Digital Design, and Branding

    • Head of Design

      £500 - £600

    • Design Director

      £450 - £500

    • Associate Design Director

      £400 - £450

    • Design Lead

      £350 - £400

    • Senior Designer

      £300 - £350

    • Mid-Weight Designer

      £250 - £300

    • Junior Designer

      £200 - £250

    Video and motion

    • Senior Motion Designer

      £250 - £400

    • Mid Motion Designer

      £300 - £320

    • creative lead (motion)

      N/A

    • Senior Video editor

      £350 - £400

    • Midweight video editor

      £300

    • CG artist

      £350 - £450+

    • Compositor

      £350 - £400

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