This post is another addition to our series of posts about the most demanded IT professions. Here we are going to talk about the Web Designer profession. We will discuss the needed skills, qualifications, and median salaries.
A Web Designer is a person with artistic taste and knowledge of Internet technology who creates layouts for web pages, landing pages, and whole websites. He or she can also specialize in designing interfaces for online services and apps, layouts for email newsletters, online ads, banners, ad campaigns for different brands and occasions. The main task of a professional is to design an Internet project so that it would attract and interest as many visitors/users as possible.
Web page design is more about information and not graphic design. Web Designers solve multiple tasks that highly influence the success of the developed product. These tasks include:
To apply for the Web Designer positions, you need the following skills:
Desirable skills and knowledge:
The basic requirements to get your first Web Designer job are:
Some job descriptions also include such requirements as:
You don’t need any special qualifications or certificates to apply for Web Designer positions. A portfolio of 5-10 websites is usually sufficient to get hired if you have the skills and sense of style suitable for the employer. The skills of working with graphic editors and creating a portfolio can be obtained on your own in 5-8 months. If you want to speed up the process, you can enrol in a short web design course. And as for the speed of work, it all comes with experience. The more projects you realize, the faster you can create new ones. In order to become a highly paid specialist, you need to develop additional skills besides working with visual design. It means that you need to understand usability and know how to make the interface understandable and easy to use for the end customer.
Many people don’t understand what the difference between these two professions is. Indeed, they both participate in the website creation but implement a bit of different functions. Web Designer is accountable for the creation of a design project, a layout that will be used for the future website. He or she doesn’t write the code but uses only graphic editors. However, the basic knowledge of HTML and CSS still is highly preferable. And Web Developer transforms the layout into a functional website through coding. Besides, there are different kinds of web developers. The Front-end developer is accountable for the user interface design and functionality implementation, while the Back-end developer works with the server, storage, cloud, and other “backstage” areas of the website or app. There are also Full-stack developers, who can do all development work. But usually, they work with the product prototypes, and for the final version, separate specialists are invited.
An average salary of a Web Designer in the USA is $51,000 a year. A young specialist with less than one year of experience usually receives around $43,000 annually. A specialist with several years of experience can expect a pay of $49,000. The specialists with 5-10 years of experience get an annual pay of around $60,000. In Canada, the same positions, on average, are rewarded with C$48,000 or around $40,000 a year. Entry-level specialists receive around C$40,000 or $33,000 a year. Specialists with less than 5 years of experience are paid $46,000 or $38,000 annually. And experts with 5-10 years of experience earn on average C$55,000 or $45,000 a year.
In India, the average annual Web Designer salary is ₹276,000 or $3,800. A young specialist with minimum experience can count on around ₹196,000 or $2,700 a year. A specialist with less than 5 years of experience receives around ₹250,000 or $3,400 annually. And a specialist with 5-10 years of experience, on average, is paid around ₹500,000 or $6,800 a year.
The major IT companies offer the following salaries to Web Designers:
As for the salaries these companies offer for Web Designers who work for them from India, we couldn’t find reliable information. However, based on the research for other IT positions outsourced from the country, we can say that they are a little above the average of the national salary level for the same positions at other companies.