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Visual Designer
Chicago
Chicago

Design Director salary in Chicago

Average Base Salary in Chicago

$144,071
$20,046
Additional Cash Compensation
$164,117
Total Compensation
Median: $144K
Min: $95K
Max: $220K

How Much Does a Design Director Make in Chicago?

The average salary for a Design Director in Chicago is $144,071. The average additional cash compensation for a Design Director in Chicago is $20,046. The average total compensation for a Design Director in Chicago is $164,117. Design Director salaries are based on responses gathered by Built In Chicago from anonymous Design Director employees in Chicago.

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Design Director jobs in Chicago

Specialist Transportation Design Management

Chicago
1 week ago
+35
Manage and optimize PDL's Transportation operation assets to continuously increase service levels, drive vendor effectiveness, implement initiatives/projects and ensure efficient operations within the business scaling to $1.25 billion. This position supports the Director of Transportation effectively deploying transportation resources and continuously optimizing operating cost and customer service levels.

Associate Store Design Manager

Chicago
2 weeks ago
+23
Our ideal candidate should have professional experience with Retail or Hospitality Design and be experienced with detailing (interiors/exteriors), construction documents, and construction administration. Knowledge of shop drawings/millwork drawings and general understanding of permitting processes a plus. All candidates will be accountable for helping to uphold and execute the design and technical quality of each project while being able to adhere to established schedules & budgets. 

Visual Design Manager

Chicago
2 months ago
+20
West Monroe is seeking an experienced design manager to lead our visual design team in Chicago. The person filling this position will work closely with members of West Monroe’s executive leadership, marketing, communications, and business development teams, as well as individual key stakeholders (practices/practice leaders), to drive clarity and consistency in our internal and external messaging via excellent visual design. Specifically, this position will serve in a leadership role, working with a team of designers, occasionally partnering with practices to deliver well-designed and brand-correct proposals to our high profile clients, strategizing with internal stakeholder leadership to deliver messages that create impact in the market, and guiding the Visual Design team to create tools, templates and processes to enable resources at all levels to better communicate messages to their clients. 

Design Director Salary ranges

The most common Design Director salary in Chicago is between $130k - $140k.

Average Design Director Salary by Company Size

People with the job title Design Director make the most at companies with 500+ employees, earning $149,409 on average.

Design Director Salary by gender

The average Design Director salary for women is $144,071 and the average Design Director salary for men is $148,875.

Design Director Salary by Years of Experience

The average salary for a Design Director with 7+ years of experience is $154,542.

Average Design + UX salaries in Chicago

Job Title Average Salary Salary Range
Visual Designer $65,140
Min: $45K
Max: $125K
UI Designer $79,300
Min: $53K
Max: $120K
Art Director $81,492
Min: $56K
Max: $135K
UX Designer $81,555
Min: $52K
Max: $125K
Product Designer $88,832
Min: $53K
Max: $184K
UX Researcher $89,130
Min: $72K
Max: $116K
Senior UI Designer $100,875
Min: $75K
Max: $137K
Senior UX Designer $104,921
Min: $65K
Max: $130K
Creative Director $140,637
Min: $101K
Max: $170K
Design Director $143,159
Min: $95K
Max: $220K
CCO (Chief Creative Officer) $164,083
Min: $104K
Max: $200K

Skills that affect Design Director salaries in Chicago

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

Recent Design Director salaries in Chicago

$124,000
Yearly Salary
A Senior Manager of IxD reported a yearly salary of $124,000 with +$15,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
>10 Reports
$135,000
Yearly Salary
A Director of UX reported a yearly salary of $135,000 with +$12,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
5-10 Reports
$116,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Director reported a yearly salary of $116,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
51-200 Employees
Chicago
5-10 Reports
$175,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Director reported a yearly salary of $175,000 with +$15,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Female
500+ Employees
Chicago
$150,000
Yearly Salary
A Director of Product Design reported a yearly salary of $150,000
7+ Years of Experience
Female
51-200 Employees
Chicago
$165,000
Yearly Salary
A Sr. Director of Product Design reported a yearly salary of $165,000 with +$75,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
201-500 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
$110,000
Yearly Salary
A Director of Product Design reported a yearly salary of $110,000
1-3 Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
5-10 Reports
$140,000
Yearly Salary
A Senior Director of Design reported a yearly salary of $140,000
7+ Years of Experience
Female
500+ Employees
Chicago
5-10 Reports
$145,000
Yearly Salary
A Director of Product Design reported a yearly salary of $145,000 with +$25,000 in additional cash compensation
7+ Years of Experience
Male
500+ Employees
Chicago
5-10 Reports
$200,000
Yearly Salary
A Design Director reported a yearly salary of $200,000
7+ Years of Experience
Male
11-50 Employees
Chicago
1-5 Reports
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