Our goal

This report aims to give you a snapshot of the current design industry and designer salaries across South East Asia.
Whether you're into UX/UI, research, or product design, we've got you covered.
From small startups to giant corporations, we dived into the nitty-gritty of compensation in the design world.
If you've been itching to know the latest pay trends and insights for designers, this report is your go-to resource!
Get ready to level up your knowledge and make those career moves with confidence! ๐Ÿ’ช

Key findings

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Dec 2022 - Feb 2023
323 respondents


  • Singapore has the highest number of responses.
  • The gender distribution of respondents is almost equal.
  • Many of the respondents are younger designers under the age of 35.

Roles and experience

  • There is a wide variety of job titles, but almost all contain the word "design".
  • Almost half of the job titles indicate job levelling.
  • Majority of the respondents are individual contributors, with two-thirds focused on product design.
  • Most respondents have six or less years of design experience.
  • Formal design education is the most popular choice.
  • Education isnโ€™t a barrier in getting a job.


  • Good confidence on salary trends for the top 3 markets based on the number of responses.
  • Annual bonus remains a significant part of pay packages.
  • There are five types of other benefits that make up a standard offering.
Median annual total compensation which includes base salary, bonuses, stock, and others.
Designerโ€™s standard benefits
  • Paid medical leave
  • Paid time off/vacation time
  • Health insurance
  • Flexible working arrangement
  • Budget for equipment or home office setup


  • Large enterprises and Startups are popular destinations for designers.
  • Majority of the designers work for local companies, and the standard working arrangement is hybrid.
  • People feel they know the market rate but unsure about the availability of resources that share that information.
  • People generally feels they are paid fairly.
  • Many did make a progress in their careers and are getting paid for it.
  • Most work a little of extra hours.

Full report

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๐Ÿ‘‡ For a more detailed report of the findings.

We wish to say a big thank you to all our friends in the community. Without you, we wonโ€™t have been able to create this report. ๐Ÿ’–

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