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The Salary of a Game Designer
Game Designer

The Salary of a Game Designer

A career in the game design field may include working for companies that publish video games, phone applications and game software. Game designers involved with programming can earn a healthy salary along with other rewards, such as bonuses. However, it is not a must that you be employed in one of the game publishing companies to earn a decent game designer salary. For those who are entrepreneurial and bold enough, another option would be to start your own game creation company.

As a starting point, game designers or computer system design and related services can earn anything between $45,000 and $65,000 per year. The US bureau of Labor Statistics shows that game designers make a median salary of $58,510. As game designers increase their skills and experience, their salary expectations usually increase as well. Some game designers can make over $80,000 a year. As mentioned above, one could choose to become an independent game developer or game designer.*

The ever growing demand for video games, mobile games and software for game applications have made it possible for independent game designers to create their own games and sell them in the market through online channels. Whether you want to be a game designer who is employed with a fixed salary or you want to start out as an independent game developer, you must work hard, be patient, aware of the market needs, and develop games that will intrigue consumers.

Other influences of a game designer’s salary may include their educational background. To increase your prospects of being employed, consider advancing your skills by getting a better education. However, don’t substitute the value of experience with educational knowledge, instead they should be balanced.

* http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/multimedia-artists-and-animators.htm#tab-5