Their 2018 salary guide is based on the results of placing thousands of designers and creatives in roles in the UK. However, it should be noted that the data relates in the main to London – there is no regional data available.
According to the survey, senior graphic designers and experienced UX professionals have seen some of the strongest salary growth with UX architects seeing their salaries grow by almost 50% over the past three years and by 17% year-on-year. The average salary for an experienced UX architect is now £70,000. Senior graphic designers have seen an almost 30% salary increase to an average of £45,000 according to Aquent/Vitamin T.
Creative directors’ packages, however, have apparently not changed in the past three years, staying at an average of £92,000.
Junior designers have seen pay increase by just 5% over three years on average. Midweight designers’ pay has done a little better with average increases of 8-9% over three years in graphic design, digital and packaging. Motion graphics has done better with 16% year –on-year growth while integrated and digital midweight designers have seen their pay actually fall by 3%.
Senior packaging and graphic designers have, according to the survey, seen rises of 28% over three years to get them to £35,000 and £45,000 respectively. Senior mobile app developers have seen a 25% increase in the past year. Top flight mobile app developers can expect a median salary of £75,000.
“There’s a lot of people excited by the prospect of working in the creative industries, offering employers a lot of choice at junior levels. This is no doubt a factor in the lack of salary growth in both the past year and over the past three years,” says Mike Berry, UK Country Manager at Aquent/Vitamin T. “However, senior people are always in shorter supply, especially in growing marketing sectors, so employers have had to adjust salaries accordingly. Those with ten years’ or more experience are seeing some large pay rises.”
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