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Product designer Average UK Salary & Prospects

Product designers create new products and improve existing ones.

  • Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.  
  • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.  
  • Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based
Read more about Product designer

Product designers typically work around 40 to 42 hours per week.

As a Product designer you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading
  • Read more about Product designer
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    33,144 GBP *
    per year
    19,000 GBP
    50,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Product designer

    Men make 15% more than Women
    46% of Product designers are men
    • 35,945 GBP
    • 30,435 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Product designer
    Average salary for full-time Product designer

    • 15,639 GBP
    • 33,144 GBP
    • 30,435 GBP
    • 35,945 GBP
    Pay over time for Product designer

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 30,175 GBP
    • 30,646 GBP
    • 30,937 GBP
    • 32,201 GBP
    • 34,624 GBP
    • 33,144 GBP

    Future outlook for Product designers

    Very good outlook
    37 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    39% chance of automation in the future

    Product designer - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Product designer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 68% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 15% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
    • 12% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    You'll need:

    •  knowledge of economics and accounting  
    •  maths knowledge  
    •  to be thorough and pay attention to detail  
    •  administration skills  
    •  analytical thinking skills  
    •  the ability to work well with others  
    •  ambition and a desire to succeed  
    •  the ability to use your initiative  
    • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Product designer


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Product designer.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Product designer. Check that you know:
    Computer aided design CAD software
    Computer aided manufacturing CAM software 1CadCam Unigraphics; Geometric CAMWorks; Siemens NX for Manufacturing
    Desktop publishing software Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
    Graphics or photo imaging software Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
    Video creation and editing software Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
    Improve your skills today


    Things to highlight for your Product designer interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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