Designer Salaries by Region, Revisited

Some readers have asked for a more complete explanation of the data contained in Table 5 of PCD&F senior editor Chelsey Drysdale’s annual designer salary survey.

The table shows the current annual salary range by region, but due to an editing error, the salary percentages were not broken out in a meaningful way.

The graph below should help. (Right click on the graph to enlarge it.)

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

2 thoughts on “Designer Salaries by Region, Revisited

  1. This information is interesting, but generally useless. Why would an American designer care about salaries in, say, Africa? Some of the most valuable information in the early days of the Salary Survey has been missing in action for several years; namely the salary breakdowns by state. Please publish that.

  2. I disagree on multiple levels. But to your point, salaries by state would not be of any more use than what is provided here: clearly salaries in metro regions would be higher than in outlying areas, and experience remains a major factor.

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