Design Director salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

$143,294
$18,523
Additional Cash Compensation
$161,817
Total Compensation
Median: 140000
Min: $95K
Max: $200K

How Much Does a Design Director Make in Chicago?

The average salary for a Design Director in Chicago is $143,294. The average additional cash compensation for a Design Director in Chicago is $18,523. The average total compensation for a Design Director in Chicago is $161,817. Design Director salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In from anonymous Design Director employees in Chicago.

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Design Director jobs in Chicago

Design Director, Marketing

Chicago
15 hours ago
+44
What we’re building and why we’re building it.  Fetch is a build-first technology company creating a rewards program to power the world. Over the last 5 years, we’ve grown from 0 to 10M active users and taken over the rewards game in the US with our free app. The foundation has been laid. In the next 5 years, we will become a global platform that completely transforms how people connect with brands.  It all comes down to two core beliefs. First,

Product Design Manager, Growth

Chicago
3 weeks ago
+49
Who we are  M1 Finance has created a personal wealth-building platform made for the modern era, uniting personal perspective and automated ease. We seamlessly combine free investing, low cost borrowing and digital checking all in one intuitive, automated Finance Super App, and we’re driven by a mission to empower personal financial well-being. We believe that financial well-being is fundamental to overall well-being, and we strive to deliver

Visual Design Director

Chicago
1 week ago
+43
Position Overview (Mission): At Catch Co., we are on a mission to rescue people from the indoors. As Visual Design Director, you will lead the charge in creating disruptive design executions that make authentic connections to those we seek to serve. The ideal Visual Design Director is a skilled project manager with previous experience working under tight deadlines and balancing multiple priorities. What you will need: BA in Visual / Communication

Design Director

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+51
Design DirectorWho We Are  At 8th Light, we take a human-centered design (HCD) approach to software development, collaborating with the people writing the code as well as those using it. We embrace the need for adaptability in a constantly changing world. Our design team is composed of thinkers and doers, with a breadth and depth of experience across UX design, UI design, and implementation, ready to take on most any challenge that we encounter. 

Design Manager

Chicago
3 weeks ago
+37
Rocket Travel is looking for a Design Manager to join our growing Design team. Design Managers guide designers building customer-centric products, helping align and prioritize workflows, as well as rolling up their sleeves to get into design files at times. Rocket Travel is a place where you: Work with a group of intrinsically motivated people with a track record for building successful new businesses from scratch. Embody curiosity, community,

Design Director, Digital

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+28
One North, a digital agency recently acquired by TEKsystems Global Services®, is looking for a dynamic and driven Design Director, Digital to join our team. We help some of the world’s most complex organizations stand out from the crowd by delivering breakthrough brand experiences. Leveraging expertise across strategy, brand, experience design, and technology, our experts use digital to reimagine how clients connect, communicate, and engage with

Game Design Manager

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+40
Open to Long-Term Remote For U.S.-Based Candidates Level Ex is a fast-growing games studio with a mission to advance the practice of medicine through play. We make video games…. for doctors. Our team of games industry veterans use the latest engine tech and art tools combined with game mechanics that span almost every consumer game genre - to capture the challenges of the practice of medicine as video games.  Our games feature thrilling medical

Design Manager, Customers - Tock

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+49
The GigAs a Design Manager on the Customers team at Tock, you'll lead and grow the design team (currently a group of 4), shape product strategy, and help build and maintain a strong, inclusive, supportive, and curious design culture within Tock. You'll join as the first design manager on this team, meaning you'll have plenty of responsibility and opportunity to shape our team and how we work. You'll partner with your design teammates to help them

Senior Product Design Manager

Chicago
3 weeks ago
+46
WHO WE ARE Braze delivers customer experiences across email, mobile, SMS, and web. Customers, including Burger King, Delivery Hero, HBO Max, Mercari, and Venmo, use the Braze platform to facilitate real-time experiences between brands and consumers in a more authentic and human way. And we do it at scale – each month, hundreds of billions of messages are sent to a network of over 3 billion active users through Braze. Need more proof? Braze was

Design Manager, Morningstar Direct

Chicago
13 hours ago
+61
About the RoleAt Morningstar, a Design Manager is a fully realized design leader. You are a peer to other managers in the organization and work with them to set direction, craft a vision, and plan organizational structures (team composition, rituals, approval processes, etc.) to achieve the desired outcome. A Design Manager's impact goes beyond your team, influencing the broader organization.We're looking for a dynamic individual to join the team

Product Design Manager, Freight Forwarding Operations

Chicago
1 day ago
+46
Design the products that power global trade The opportunity: Flexport’s mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. To achieve this goal, the Flexport User Experience (UX) team creates end-to-end experiences for our clients, partners, and operations teams. We are seeking a design leader with a strong product vision to elevate the current offering and formulate a compelling business and research supported roadmap for the future. This

Product Design Manager, Freight Forwarding Operations

Chicago
1 week ago
+46
Design the products that power global tradeThe opportunity: Flexport’s mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. To achieve this goal, the Flexport User Experience (UX) team creates end-to-end experiences for our clients, partners, and operations teams. We are seeking a design leader with a strong product vision to elevate the current offering and formulate a compelling business and research supported roadmap for the future. This

Design Director Salary ranges

Average Design Director Salary by Company Size

People with the job title Design Director make the most at companies with 11-50 employees, earning $160,000 on average.

Design Director Salary by gender

The average Design Director salary for women is $144,864 and the average Design Director salary for men is $141,933.

Design Director Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Design Director with 7+ years of experience is $148,938. The average salary for <1 year of experience is $112,728.

Average Design + UX salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
Visual Designer $69,152
Min: $43K
Max: $169K
UI Designer $81,867
Min: $53K
Max: $120K
UX Designer $84,073
Min: $58K
Max: $139K
Art Director $87,393
Min: $60K
Max: $135K
UX Researcher $92,254
Min: $65K
Max: $150K
Product Designer $95,865
Min: $57K
Max: $200K
Senior UI Designer $110,255
Min: $60K
Max: $140K
Senior UX Designer $113,303
Min: $66K
Max: $205K
Creative Director $128,924
Min: $101K
Max: $170K
Design Director $143,294
Min: $95K
Max: $200K
CCO (Chief Creative Officer) $180,000
Min: $150K
Max: $210K

Skills that affect Design Director salaries in Chicago

1
Product Design
5% have this skill
2
Interaction Design
5% have this skill
3
Prototyping
5% have this skill
4
Wireframing
5% have this skill
5
User Flows
5% have this skill
6
User Interviews
4% have this skill

Recent Design Director salaries in Chicago

$160,000
Yearly Salary
A 160,000 reported a yearly salary of $160,000 with +$32,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$180,000
Yearly Salary
A Director, Design Systems reported a yearly salary of $180,000 with +$36,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Female
501-1,000 Employees
Chicago
$112,728
Yearly Salary
A Product Design Manager reported a yearly salary of $112,728
< 1 Year of Experience
Female
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$167,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Director reported a yearly salary of $167,000
7+ Years of Experience
Female
1,000+ Employees
Chicago
>10 Reports
$120,000
Yearly Salary
A Director of Design reported a yearly salary of $120,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
501-1,000 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$164,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Director reported a yearly salary of $164,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
$135,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Director reported a yearly salary of $135,000 with +$20,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$120,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Manager reported a yearly salary of $120,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$145,000
Yearly Salary
A Director User Experience reported a yearly salary of $145,000
7+ Years of Experience
Female
11-50 Employees
Chicago
$159,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Director reported a yearly salary of $159,000 with +$8,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Female
501-1,000 Employees
Chicago
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