How much does a Game Designer make?

Updated Sep 21, 2021

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$73,979 /yr
Average Base Pay

678 salaries

$47K

Low

$74K

Average

$116K

High

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The national average salary for Game Designer is $73,979 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Game Designer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 678 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Game Designer employees.

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Electronic Arts
4.1

Electronic Arts

Game Designer

$75,961

 /yr
Range: $48K - $103K
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$48K

$103K

$47,661 - $103,496 Range

Wizards of the Coast
3.5

Wizards of the Coast

Game Designer

$84,518

 /yr
Range: $71K - $92K

$71K

$92K

$70,675 - $92,000 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Game Designer

$89,801

 /yr
Range: $59K - $135K

$59K

$135K

$58,985 - $134,891 Range

Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Game Designer

$127,243

 /yr
Range: $90K - $148K

$90K

$148K

$89,670 - $147,821 Range

Naughty Dog
4.6

Naughty Dog

Game Designer

$102,329

 /yr
Range: $69K - $167K

$69K

$167K

$69,056 - $166,885 Range

ArenaNet
3.9

ArenaNet

Game Designer

$60,055

 /yr
Range: $40K - $98K

$40K

$98K

$40,283 - $97,975 Range

Treyarch
3.9

Treyarch

Game Designer

$82,284

 /yr
Range: $49K - $173K

$49K

$173K

$48,544 - $172,793 Range

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Walt Disney Company
4

Walt Disney Company

Game Designer

$84,165

 /yr
Range: $61K - $124K

$61K

$124K

$60,727 - $124,301 Range

Blizzard Entertainment
3.5

Blizzard Entertainment

Game Designer

$81,168

 /yr
Range: $74K - $153K

$74K

$153K

$73,930 - $152,722 Range

Rockstar Games
4.4

Rockstar Games

Game Designer

$82,980

 /yr
Range: $56K - $116K

$56K

$116K

$55,689 - $115,932 Range

Sony Online Entertainment
2.7

Sony Online Entertainment

Game Designer

$56,840

 /yr
Range: $50K - $88K

$50K

$88K

$49,956 - $88,109 Range

Ubisoft
3.9

Ubisoft

Game Designer

$88,393

 /yr
Range: $32K - $411K

$32K

$411K

$32,357 - $411,322 Range

Activision
3.6

Activision

Game Designer

$78,520

 /yr
Range: $65K - $120K

$65K

$120K

$65,443 - $120,000 Range

Riot Games
4.2

Riot Games

Game Designer

$125,953

 /yr
Range: $63K - $161K

$63K

$161K

$62,578 - $161,001 Range

Storm8
3.6

Storm8

Game Designer

$92,283

 /yr
Range: $81K - $109K

$81K

$109K

$80,907 - $109,351 Range

Glu Mobile
4.4

Glu Mobile

Game Designer

$73,418

 /yr
Range: $50K - $82K

$50K

$82K

$50,394 - $81,947 Range

Jam City
4.4

Jam City

Game Designer

$65,627

 /yr
Range: $54K - $109K

$54K

$109K

$54,396 - $108,861 Range

Red 5 Studios
2.4

Red 5 Studios

Game Designer

$73,523

 /yr
Range: $65K - $122K

$65K

$122K

$64,734 - $121,986 Range

Schell Games
3.9

Schell Games

Game Designer

$59,660

 /yr
Range: $48K - $78K

$48K

$78K

$47,816 - $77,846 Range

Hi-Rez Studios
3.9

Hi-Rez Studios

Game Designer

$61,286

 /yr
Range: $46K - $86K

$46K

$86K

$45,640 - $85,676 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Game Designer salaries

The national average salary for a Game Designer is $73,979 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Game Designer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 678 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Game Designer employees.

The highest salary for a Game Designer in United States is $115,556 per year.

The lowest salary for a Game Designer in United States is $47,361 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

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

$20
hourly
A Narrative Designer in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $20 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Freelance
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$80,000
per year
A Video Game Designer in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $80,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public
$16
hourly
A Specialist Game Master in the Austin, TX Area area reported making $16 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Austin, TX Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$65,000
per year
A Game Designer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Area area reported making $65,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$14
hourly
A Game Designer in the Orlando, FL Area area reported making $14 per hour
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Orlando, FL Area area
Part-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$45,000
per year
A Gaming Designer in the Oklahoma City, OK Area area reported making $45,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Oklahoma City, OK Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
$2,200
monthly
A Game Designer in the Jacksonville, NC Area area reported making $2,200 per month
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Jacksonville, NC Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government