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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 DE­SIGNER

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 DE­SIGNER

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 DE­SIGNER

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 DI­REC­TOR

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 DI­REC­TOR

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 DE­SIGNER

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.

ED­I­TO­RIAL DE­SIGN

This is the low­est-paid sec­tor in the UK; salaries for ed­i­to­rial de­sign­ers sit at an av­er­age wage of £27,237 per year.

BRAND­ING DE­SIGN

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.

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