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Design Manager in the United States

How much does a Design Manager earn in the United States? The average Design Manager salary in the United States is $115,963 as of March 28, 2019, but the range typically falls between $98,050 and $135,543. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.  View Cost of Living in Major Cities

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Manages a team of designers and drafters that use computer aided design (CAD) for products. Ensures the drawings and designs are completed on time and adhere to the established specifications and standards. May prepare project schedules, bids, or proposals. Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty. Typically reports to a head of a unit/department. Manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. Extensive knowledge of department processes. Typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1 to 3 years supervisory experience may be required.

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    Designer III

    4 - 7 years experience
    Bachelor's Degree

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    5 + years experience
    Bachelor's Degree

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