Salary for Video Game Designers

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Video game designers create storylines, puzzles, challenges, and level divisions in video games. They collaborate with artists, programmers, and technical staff to develop new games and improve older video games for re-release. They are responsible for determining the balance of gameplay to create a successful product, and often provide feedback to designers, programmers and artists as the product is developed. Additionally, they may present new game concepts to management and other key personnel in the video game development chain. Excellent knowledge of computer science, with a focus in computer graphics, is required for this profession. In many cases, a four year degree or several years of experience working in similar industries may also be required. Individuals in this industry earn $70,000-$90,000 annually.

A Video Game Designer can get a salary between 40000 - 60000 based on tenure level. Video Game Designers will most likely earn an average compensation of Fifty Thousand Four Hundred dollars annually.

Video Game Designers obtain the most salary in Washington, where they earn a compensation of approximately $70360. People in this career can expect the most salary in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they earn an average salary rate of $69890.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 8.72 percent nationwide in that time.
Video Game Designers tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $69,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises $65,320
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $62,250
Information $56,460
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $56,300
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $55,510
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $32,350
Transportation and Warehousing $40,580
Other Services (except Public Administration) $41,650
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $45,190
Wholesale Trade $46,400
Health Care and Social Assistance $48,210