Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Game Designer make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

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$116,561 / yrTotal Pay
$78,041 / yrBase Pay
$38,520 / yrAdditional Pay

$116,561

 / yr
$52K$476K
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The estimated total pay for a Game Designer is $116,561 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $78,041 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $38,520 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Some related job titles are Associate Game Designer Salaries with median pay of $104,407, Game Developer Salaries with median pay of $115,166, Game Programmer Salaries with median pay of $104,544, 2D Game Artist Salaries with median pay of $87,260.

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Electronic Arts
4.1

Electronic Arts

Game Designer

$78,795

 /yr
Range: $51K - $109K

$51K

$109K

$50,512 - $109,459 Range

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Wizards of the Coast
3.4

$89,865

 /yr
Range: $67K - $127K

$67K

$127K

$67,175 - $126,909 Range

Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Game Designer

$131,221

 /yr
Range: $95K - $157K

$95K

$157K

$95,034 - $156,662 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Game Designer

$101,578

 /yr
Range: $63K - $143K

$63K

$143K

$62,513 - $142,959 Range

Riot Games
4.1

Riot Games

Game Designer

$118,339

 /yr
Range: $60K - $191K

$60K

$191K

$60,000 - $191,301 Range

Rockstar Games
4.4

Rockstar Games

Game Designer

$92,884

 /yr
Range: $59K - $123K

$59K

$123K

$58,894 - $122,866 Range

Naughty Dog
4.4

Naughty Dog

Game Designer

$106,993

 /yr
Range: $73K - $177K

$73K

$177K

$73,186 - $176,866 Range

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ArenaNet
3.3

ArenaNet

Game Designer

$64,869

 /yr
Range: $43K - $110K

$43K

$110K

$42,692 - $109,603 Range

Jam City
4.2

Jam City

Game Designer

$71,848

 /yr
Range: $58K - $115K

$58K

$115K

$57,650 - $115,371 Range

Blizzard Entertainment
3.7

$87,806

 /yr
Range: $78K - $162K

$78K

$162K

$78,352 - $161,856 Range

Treyarch
3.8

Treyarch

Game Designer

$87,003

 /yr
Range: $51K - $183K

$51K

$183K

$51,448 - $183,127 Range

Walt Disney Company
3.9

Walt Disney Company

Game Designer

$89,199

 /yr
Range: $66K - $132K

$66K

$132K

$65,867 - $131,735 Range

Ubisoft
3.8

Ubisoft

Game Designer

$93,679

 /yr
Range: $34K - $436K

$34K

$436K

$34,292 - $435,923 Range

Schell Games
4.0

Schell Games

Game Designer

$63,894

 /yr
Range: $53K - $83K

$53K

$83K

$53,245 - $82,502 Range

Sony Online Entertainment
2.7

$55,585

 /yr
Range: $53K - $93K

$53K

$93K

$52,944 - $93,378 Range

Activision
3.3

Activision

Game Designer

$84,142

 /yr
Range: $69K - $127K

$69K

$127K

$69,357 - $127,180 Range

Storm8
3.6

Storm8

Game Designer

$97,802

 /yr
Range: $86K - $116K

$86K

$116K

$85,746 - $115,891 Range

Glu Mobile
4.4

Glu Mobile

Game Designer

$77,809

 /yr
Range: $53K - $87K

$53K

$87K

$53,408 - $86,849 Range

Red 5 Studios
2.4

Red 5 Studios

Game Designer

$77,920

 /yr
Range: $69K - $129K

$69K

$129K

$68,605 - $129,282 Range

Hi-Rez Studios
4.3

Hi-Rez Studios

Game Designer

$64,951

 /yr
Range: $48K - $91K

$48K

$91K

$48,370 - $90,800 Range

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8 days ago by a Game Designer with 1 to 3 years of experience

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8 days ago by a Game Designer with 1 to 3 years of experience

$31,200

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9 days ago by a Ad Designer with 1 to 3 years of experience

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$72

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10 days ago by a Content Designer with 10 to 14 years of experience

$81,000

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10 days ago by a Game Designer with 1 to 3 years of experience

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Frequently asked questions about a Game Designer salaries

The national average salary for a Game Designer is $74,118 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Game Designer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 679 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Game Designer employees.

The highest salary for a Game Designer in United States is $115,670 per year.

The lowest salary for a Game Designer in United States is $47,492 per year.

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