100 thoughts on “How much do web designers earn? [My salary history]

  1. Veronica Snair Post author

    Thanks for this! Starting out most people want to pay a junior designer min wage. It's hard to know your worth and have a realistic expectation of what you can negotiate. I've been watching you for 4 years and hope you know you really are helping designers and young women in general as we have watched you become such a stronghold in the industry with hard work, great design, transparency and a beautiful personality. You're killing it!

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  2. D A Post author

    Please make a Shillington review video 💕 I want to take the course, would love to know your opinion on it. Thank you 😊

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  3. Ivan P Post author

    Great video! Idea for a video: How to find a junior remote designer job.
    Would love to hear your opinion / insight.

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  4. Jurnal De Gamer Post author

    Hi. Loved the way you explained all these aspects, but are the figures after or before taxes?

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  5. Ben Jest Post author

    TIL I'm underpaid!

    Great video Charli. I think part of the issue is how hidden these salaries are. Most jobs I see don't give any indication of salary. Love the idea of a standardised, open salary format.

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  6. Comment Dealer Post author

    👍 Thanks for sharing. Good tips also. The salaries from this video are before or after taxes?

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  7. Tim Veach Post author

    I always like hearing you. Thanks for being so blunt, you have such a bright future, because of who you are and how you present yourself. Great Job!! The phrase that comes to mind is “above all else be true to yourself”…you certainly are doing that, not to mention how talented you are!!

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  8. Bekah Hisnanick Post author

    Charlie, this is so helpful, proud of your growth! I'm feeling a bit stuck right now as a Web and Graphic Designer…I've been in the same job for the past 5 years with minimal growth and I'm having a hard time finding another job. My salary has stayed below what I would have expected at this point, and I know I need to start making some smarter moves in my career. I work as a remote contractor for Web Design as well and have for the past 3 years. Do you have ideas and best ways to attract prospective jobs in the remote web design field?

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  9. Matthew Encina Post author

    Charli, thanks so much for sharing this video and being so transparent.

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  10. Morgan Gale Post author

    This gives me hope for my future lol, thank you for sharing this

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  11. Shawna Stephens Post author

    Thank you for being so open and transparent on a topic that most design professionals tend to shy away from. I HATE discussing salary but I understand it can't be avoided either. I need to work on my negotiating skills and going in with the mindset that "you need my skills"…and not the other way around..😉

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  12. Ankush Kumkar Post author

    Do you have any UI UX Designer work as freelance or remote job? I am looking for job

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  13. zydrius Post author

    Impressive numbers. What kind of knowledge that is actually is, what it earns You so much money. I mean, design is similar at the end of the day for similar business, but there is something worth that money. What is it? 🙂

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  14. rajat patel Post author

    More and respect for the growth you have achieved and for the strength you have shared this with!! #MuchMuchRespect

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  15. Erica Cotten Post author

    Thank you for sharing this! The fact that people are so shy about talking money is a shame. Knowledge is power!!

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  16. Megh Post author

    Thanks for sharing this. I realize how UNDERPAID I am now. Also —How do you add in those cool written numbers overlaid on your video?

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  17. Bradley Brazis Post author

    Thank you for sharing! Very informative.

    Good to know how much I'm being taken advantage of and where some good negotiating could get me in the future!

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  18. David Preston Post author

    So much value in this vid. I learnt a TON! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your growth.

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  19. Nathan Allotey Post author

    Thank you for being brave and being transparent. I am glad that your company recognizes your value. When you mentioned some of your early salaries I thought they were VERY LOW. Would you say early on your lifestyle was modest so you were never in need or want?

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  20. Gaby Salinas L. Post author

    You really encouraged me to be more confident in negotiating. I work in the USA as an inmigrant in a very important tec company and I didn't know how much to ask because I came from another country and as you said the living cost is very different even in each USA city. So they offered me a very low income but I accepted because it was a great step in my career. Over the months I had another coworker how spoke very open about is salary (we had the same position) and he was earning the double that I. I WAS IN SHOCK!!!! then some people said that because I AM A WOMAN, INMIGRAN, NO WHITE ETC, I can not negotiate too much… I am looking for other job and obviously, I will ask for more compensation but some times I am not sure if I should ask just 15% more or the double of my actual salary, is very hard for me to negotiate because some companies justify themself because "I have a VISA and I'm not a citizen" … I yes is sad and confusing that people don't have this conversation so everyone can have a fair salary. Thanks again beautiful! you are so brave and open!!! 🙂

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  21. andru Post author

    Fantastic and insightful video, thanks for being brave with sharing this information – it isn't easy to talk money, but we really should start to break down the fear and apprehension around approaching the subject because it can be very beneficial to others in similar industries, or at similar points of their career. Go, you! 🙂

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  22. Jamie Maldonado Post author

    This is great and super useful. Thank you for being bold, even though we shouldn't have to be bold! Of interesting note, CEO pay skyrocketed only AFTER salary numbers were made public for the first time in the 1980s.

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  23. L W Post author

    People say that negotiation can't hurt but I've seen it backfire on people so it's tricky

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  24. MichellePi. png Post author

    These numbers are so crazy to me. I'm from Austria and my class is gonna finish our graphic design degree this year and we can expect a yearly income of about €20.500 at most or 24.000 if you're extremely lucky.

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  25. Emanuel Bagerakis Post author

    wow this is very inspiring! At the job I am it happened sth similar to you where I asked for X and they offered me more than I asked. I think I was also under valuing myself

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  26. Oblivion Post author

    I make $7.893/ year as a designer for prints. $5520 after taxes.

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  27. Camilo Vargas Post author

    I wish I watched this before I started my new job in tech. But I reckon we just live and learn.

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  28. Dan Curtis Post author

    Great video, thank you. It’s important for us to be open and honest when it comes to money. Would be interesting to see a video that includes side projects such as YouTube and the overall annual potential earning.

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  29. Design Gal Post author

    I love that you're talking about this! I've only started to negotiate in the last couple years and it has definitely paid (ha…) off. We have a very similar history of just taking what was offered and not being aware of what we were actually valued at in the market. DO YOUR RESEARCH, folks. I've also found it very helpful to look up sample scripts for negotiation and practice them out loud. It can feel awkward but having those conversations are definitely worth it. Thanks for sharing this, Charli!

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  30. jlynn8934 Post author

    Thank you so much for your transparency and for acknowledging this as a taboo subject that really shouldn't be! It's definitely the worst wondering if you should have negotiated harder, and second-guessing whether you are being fairly paid for the unique talents and skills you bring to the table. I've fallen into a couple of these "traps" as well and have started thinking more carefully about what my work is worth. Congrats on your success through hard work and lessons learned, and thank you for the encouragement and insight to help the rest of us be assertive 😉

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  31. DistortedV12 Post author

    Your website is super fast, can you do a tutorial on that ^_^

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  32. Enes K Post author

    The amount of salary really depends on the location you live even if you are working remote. For example, if you are living in Ukraine, working for a US based company, they tend to pay you depending on the economical situation in Ukraine. Generally speaking, companies are seeing to hire remote employees as an excuse to pay less. That's a good thing, but also a bad thing depending on your situation.

    I have seen that some people seem disappointed for their current salaries when they compare with yours. I guess to compare the quality of like makes much more sense. Maybe your next video may be about this : What kind of life quality do i have with this salary? Like i live in 2 bedroom apartment, i pay my health insurance, I spend x percent for my hobbies and social life and in the end, i save that much money for retirement etc.

    Again it depends on the country, but if a senior digital designer is getting paid 3-4 times more than a kinder garden teacher, that sounds fair to me. So if salary of a kinder garden teacher is 20 USD in your country (country A), and you are getting paid 70 USD, this is good. If a teacher is getting paid 2000 USD inyour country (country B), then you should get paid 7000-8000 USD. This is how i do the math actually. Because that gives me a good perspective of the life quality.

    But for sure, the best scenario is to get paid for country B, and spend that money at country A. Then, yes you are rich in few years. And actually you are richer than a person who gets paid 2 times more than you, but living in USA. Congrats.

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  33. Philip Theobald Post author

    Ha! I've been to Catcade! Yay Pacman and kittens! 🙂

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  34. Nikhil Jadhav Post author

    Lol. I'm a web designer with over 3 years of experience and i earn somewhere around ₹20,000 a month. That's more like $300 USD 😂. Get me a better job Charliii

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  35. Mitya Sudakov Post author

    Charli, How many hours a day do you work. The company is located in US, correct? How do you manage your work time in Spain? Thank you!

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  36. Danica Christin Post author

    Thanks for making this really important video. We all need to talk more about numbers – it gives more power to employees if you know what you should be paid.

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  37. artsee mel Post author

    I just got hired full time at my job that I interned at but its a little less than I hoped for, when is a good time to re-negotiate and what amount would be appropriate to ask for? I'm doing mostly production files for print btw

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  38. formulaone07 Post author

    What is the exact name of the job titles you have been doing in the past few years? UI/UX designer, visual designer, web designer, graphic & web designer, or something else? I am curious what the job ladder of roles is for my career change research.

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  39. formulaone07 Post author

    Another quick question: I am learning web design with Webflow. Is that an in-demand skill right now for remote and/or in-house positions, or do I need to supplement it with other skills?

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  40. Lee Dixon Post author

    Just caught one of your vids on my homepage, so my first time to your channel. Candid video… just out of interest I appreciate you sharing 💜

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  41. Joe Regan Post author

    What skills and responsibilities took you from level 3 to level 4?

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  42. Noémi Post author

    I have mixed feelings after watching your video. I'm glad you are at a good place. Also I'm pretty sad. I'm a graphic designer for 14 years now and even if I had 2 million new skills I wouldn't get paid that much in my country. ( For comparison: avg salary for a senior web and graphic designer here, starts at about $13.000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I'm not from a 3rd world country, I'm from Central/Eastern Europe. )
    Anyone looking for a graphic designer? I'm here and I'm good 🙂

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  43. Rodrigo Mendoza Post author

    Whoa! You said 50k and the offered 60k instead. Unbelievable! It's the first time I hear something like that taking place. I hope to work for a company like that in the short run.

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  44. Alexandra Lobo Post author

    Thank you so much for sharing this and being so open about the subject. I'm still early on in my graphic design career, so it has been so helpful to hear about your experience early on and how it's changed as you grew your career. I definitely had the same experience where I wish I knew to negotiate more when starting a new job. This has made me more confident about asking for what I deserve in the future.

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  45. Rebecca Turner Post author

    Dang. What level would you say L4 is roughly? Senior? Lead? Great video. People should talk about this more.

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  46. visual kei Post author

    In my country you barely make $4800 a year doing such a job 🙂 and salaries are not negociable , one of the main reasons i don't want to work here anymore

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  47. Kevin McCutcheon Post author

    Great video Charli 🙂 I shared it with like 10 more people

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  48. Gursimran Singh Post author

    If we convert your salary into Indian Rs that becomes Eighty One Lakh Thirty Six Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty Two. Thanks you so much for sharing this info Charlie
    I am earning 25000 Rs per month as web designer in India.

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  49. Faiza Anan Noor Post author

    Are you ever scared that Ai will take over web design/development jobs? I sure am! 🙁

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  50. Yuri Radavchuk Post author

    I'm in design market since 2012 and I cannot make half as much as you did back then. It's in Ukraine. So puzzled how to make a next move to at least 12k.

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  51. CtrlAltDelicious Post author

    Wow thanks for this video! Im starting to study webdesign and you gave me lots of hope

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  52. Wilson Sanchez Post author

    Very helpful and inspiring video! Thanks for posting!

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  53. A A Post author

    I think it's easier to negotiate when you're a true expert in your field. Your employer isn't able to replace you very quickly with an equally competent person. For somebody just starting out it's gonna be a bit difficult to do this, what do you think?

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  54. Christopher Clarke Post author

    Why hasn't your website been updated in awhile?

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  55. jordi picart Post author

    It's actually super interesting to know that somehow, companyies start working on a sort of parity between genders salary. I think it's more on "online" work and there is still lot of work needs to be done on this, but quite interesting by the way.
    According to the question of asking the current salary, I think many of you failed in this the first time it's been asked… But learning from this is very interesting.

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  56. The Carpenter's Daughter Post author

    I do wonder if it's just that we (the British) may be quite tight people haha. I feel like I'm always fighting for my worth, financially.

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  57. Nunekhiia Post author

    And here I was offered 19K for a graphic design role in London, UK. And now that I've left that job, not being able to get another one due to the massive supply 🙁 any advice? I feel desperate and freaking out about my career in design.

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  58. Hannah Ledwith Post author

    Is there a link to know what level I am as a designer – I'm always looking to better my knowledge.

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  59. Israel Lucas Sousa Silva Post author

    Thanks for this video! It's great to see this kind of content, especially if you're someone like me, working in this area and willing to take a step further in the career living abroad.
    Currently in Brazil, my salary corresponds roughly to 5% of what you earn now, and this gives me a lot of hope and motivation to keep studying and trying new opportunities 😊

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  60. Anshu Bhatnagar Post author

    Sites like glassdoor and payscale are good to figure out the range a potential employer pays for a given role. Very helpful in figuring out how much to ask for.

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  61. Ellie May Post author

    You absolutely want to be the first to say a number if you're applying for more senior roles. Budgets for those roles are much more flexible, and if they really like you, they will be willing to meet your ask. If you ask them for their range, you'll be severely undercutting what you could have gotten. By the time you get to that level, you should know your worth. Where you really want to negotiate is the bonuses: yearly bonus, signing bonus, stock options etc. That's where you leave it more open ended.

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  62. Jes H Post author

    It is great to work for employers that value your worth and experience!

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  63. Branko Dimitrijević Post author

    Jeez, this is an eye-opener. Thanks for this video, it's really refreshing to see this honest, casual and friendly chat about this topic. I'm 35, doing this for 10 years now, outsourcing from Serbia for the last 5 years for an US marketing company for like $20.000. Obviously can't compare the employers, the jobs, roles at the company etc but this video really made me think. $20K in Serbia is enough for a decent living, but nothing more. (for western standards probably not decent, but, hey, third world country lol). But the thing is I isolated myself from the market by working only for them, working on projects that are repetitive (I don't feel like my skills are improving at the rate I would like). Maybe it's about time to finally step up and shift to a higher gear.

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  64. csmemarketing Post author

    Wow. You work for ConvertKit. That's a blessing and with your skills, you'd go far. Nathan Barry, the founder is an amazingly talented guy in Marketing and Coding, so you're in good company. I love the fact they pay you fairly. ConvertKit has come a long way.

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  65. Haunani Pao Post author

    Thanks Charli. After 9 years in the industry and moving to more competitive markets, what I see makes sense, especially in the past few years. I really appreciate those lessons learned, we all have done them. I hope you continue to keep track and post earnings, as I'm curious to know what how your salary tracks in your 30's and 40's. cheers.

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  66. Holly Bradfield Post author

    Your honesty regarding this seemingly very hushed topic is admirable and has definitely has given me some tips and confidence to be an advocate for myself next time I'm going into the lions den.

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  67. taha Post author

    This was so informative for someone who is about to enter the job market! Thank you for sharing!

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  68. Jacob Lister Post author

    So well done. After working underpaid software development jobs at small companies for way to many years and recently going through the tooth pulling pain of buying a first house in the absurd NZ market, anyone internally grumbling about their salary should watch this video

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