How much does a Game Designer make?

Updated Jul 28, 2021

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$73,376 /yr
Average Base Pay

645 salaries

$47K

Low

$73K

Average

$114K

High

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The national average salary for Game Designer is $73,376 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Game Designer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 645 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Game Designer employees.

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Electronic Arts
4.1

Electronic Arts

Game Designer

$72,975

 /yr
Range: $48K - $103K
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$48K

$103K

$47,887 - $103,000 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Game Designer

$88,142

 /yr
Range: $58K - $132K

$58K

$132K

$57,895 - $132,399 Range

Wizards of the Coast
3.7

Wizards of the Coast

Game Designer

$82,345

 /yr
Range: $70K - $88K

$70K

$88K

$70,000 - $88,329 Range

Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Game Designer

$124,892

 /yr
Range: $88K - $145K

$88K

$145K

$88,014 - $145,090 Range

ArenaNet
3.9

ArenaNet

Game Designer

$58,946

 /yr
Range: $40K - $96K

$40K

$96K

$39,538 - $96,165 Range

Naughty Dog
4.6

Naughty Dog

Game Designer

$100,085

 /yr
Range: $68K - $164K

$68K

$164K

$67,780 - $163,802 Range

Treyarch
3.9

Treyarch

Game Designer

$80,764

 /yr
Range: $48K - $170K

$48K

$170K

$47,647 - $169,601 Range

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Walt Disney Company
4

Walt Disney Company

Game Designer

$82,611

 /yr
Range: $60K - $122K

$60K

$122K

$59,605 - $122,004 Range

Blizzard Entertainment
3.6

Blizzard Entertainment

Game Designer

$79,669

 /yr
Range: $73K - $150K

$73K

$150K

$72,565 - $149,900 Range

Rockstar Games
4.4

Rockstar Games

Game Designer

$81,447

 /yr
Range: $55K - $114K

$55K

$114K

$54,661 - $113,790 Range

Sony Online Entertainment
2.7

Sony Online Entertainment

Game Designer

$55,790

 /yr
Range: $49K - $86K

$49K

$86K

$49,033 - $86,481 Range

Riot Games
4.1

Riot Games

Game Designer

$123,626

 /yr
Range: $61K - $158K

$61K

$158K

$61,422 - $158,027 Range

Storm8
3.6

Storm8

Game Designer

$90,578

 /yr
Range: $79K - $107K

$79K

$107K

$79,412 - $107,331 Range

Glu Mobile
4.3

Glu Mobile

Game Designer

$72,061

 /yr
Range: $49K - $80K

$49K

$80K

$49,463 - $80,433 Range

Ubisoft
3.9

Ubisoft

Game Designer

$88,931

 /yr
Range: $32K - $404K

$32K

$404K

$31,759 - $403,723 Range

Jam City
4.4

Jam City

Game Designer

$65,000

 /yr
Range: $53K - $107K

$53K

$107K

$53,391 - $106,849 Range

Activision
3.7

Activision

Game Designer

$75,601

 /yr
Range: $64K - $80K

$64K

$80K

$64,234 - $80,252 Range

Red 5 Studios
2.4

Red 5 Studios

Game Designer

$72,165

 /yr
Range: $64K - $120K

$64K

$120K

$63,538 - $119,733 Range

Schell Games
3.8

Schell Games

Game Designer

$58,970

 /yr
Range: $47K - $76K

$47K

$76K

$46,932 - $76,408 Range

Hi-Rez Studios
4.2

Hi-Rez Studios

Game Designer

$60,154

 /yr
Range: $45K - $84K

$45K

$84K

$44,797 - $84,093 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Game Designer salaries

The national average salary for a Game Designer is $73,376 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Game Designer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 645 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Game Designer employees.

The highest salary for a Game Designer in United States is $113,603 per year.

The lowest salary for a Game Designer in United States is $47,394 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Game Designer or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Game Designer.

Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent game designer salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$150,000
per year
A Video Game Designer in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $150,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$75,000
per year
A Game Designer in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $75,000 per year
Job Highlights
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$129,000
per year
A Content Designer in the San Jose, CA Area area reported making $129,000 per year
Additional Pay
$6k cash bonus
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
San Jose, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$75,000
per year
A Level Designer in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $75,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
$120,000
per year
A Content Designer in the Salinas, CA Area area reported making $120,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Salinas, CA Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$53,000
per year
A Narrative Designer in the Gainesville, FL Area area reported making $53,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Gainesville, FL Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private