Main image of article Which Companies Pay Product Designers the Most?

Product designers have a complicated but potentially rewarding role within an organization. Using a variety of skills—from UI/UX design to wireframing and user research—they must make a product as appealing and intuitive as possible. If they succeed, they’ll help boost that product’s sales; failure, on the other hand, can doom a product in a competitive market.

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that some companies pay top dollar for product designers. But which ones?, which crowdsources compensation data, has a breakdown of the top-paying companies for product designers. Take a look:

Yes, well-monetized companies such as Opendoor and Discord can pay top dollar for talent (shocker!). Also note that Netflix made the top ten—the mega-streamer is famous for paying huge salaries to tech professionals (and expecting blockbuster performance in return).


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If you want to land a job as a product designer, you can improve your chances exponentially by assembling a portfolio of previous work; during the job interview, make sure you can walk a hiring manager through the ways that work had a positive effect on your previous employers and clients. For new graduates just entering the industry, you can use projects created for class or fun as your portfolio (make sure to always choose your best work).

As with other tech-centric professions, mastering certain key specializations can boost a product designer’s salary considerably. Again, has the breakdown of the median compensation for product designers who choose to specialize in web, data visualizations, user experience, and more:

If you’re product-centric but don’t feel like design is quite your thing, you can also consider roles such as product manager or product owner, which similarly determine a product’s direction and ultimate success. No matter what the role, putting the end user’s needs first is always key.