Designers (Finally) Got Raises In 2009

Designers’ salaries rose slightly more than inflation in 2009, after a decade of bare-minimum, cost-of-living increases, according to the new AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries released this week.

Regrettably, for a design organization, the report is mind-numbingly hard to read: see the graph below for what we’re talking about. If we’re reading it right, though, pretty much everyone’s salaries from art directors to web developers rose a little in 2009, except for solo practitioners.

AIGA closed the report with words to designers from designers about how to get that raise again next year: “be a super-designer Renaissance person,” said one tip, from Michael Konetzka, a principal at Dennis | Konetzka | Design Group.

Do check out the original report as it includes breakdowns of salary by region, job title, size of company, and so forth–definitely plenty of material here for the designer or aspiring designer.