SHOW ME THE MONEY
Check out our guide to current design salaries in the United Kingdom and find out whether you’re actually earning what you’re really worth
Junior designers earn £22,000, according to the Gabriele Skelton Salary Indicators report. The Major Players Survey 2015 puts junior designers in London and the South East on £24,000 in agencies and £28,000 client-side.
Middleweight designers in London and the South East do better in agencies at £35,000 compared to £28,000 client-side. The Gabriele Skelton survey puts the average UK middleweight wage at £26,000.
Senior designers in the UK earn £36,281 on average. Focusing on London and the South East, Major Players finds salaries of £48,000 in-house and £50,000 agency-side.
Design directors earn an average wage of £47,005 in the UK. In London and the South East, this goes up to around £55,000.
Creative directors’ pay is at £52,587 on average in the UK, but wages are considerably higher in the capital, with an average London salary of £100,000.
Freelance designers earn around £150 per day at junior level. This rises to £240 at mid-weight, and £400 or more at creative director level. For branding design in particular, average day rates are £110, £200 and £300 respectively.
This is the lowest-paid sector in the UK; salaries for editorial designers sit at an average wage of £27,237 per year.
The average UK wage for branding specialists is £36,998: that’s £22,000 for junior roles, rising to £32,000 at mid-weight and £40,000 at senior level. Creative directors can earn £80,000.