Whether they're sketching designs for new toy concepts, creating unique models, such as stadiums, figurines or robots made from LEGO's pieces, or construction sets for kids, LEGO designers must have a unique blend of creativity, engineering and marketing skills to excel at their jobs. Salaries for these designers can vary, depending on their experience and seniority within the design department.
Salary Between $50,000 and $55,000
The average annual salary for a LEGO designer was $55,000 as of 2014, according to the job site Indeed. This salary represents earnings in Enfield, Connecticut, the corporate office from which most LEGO designers work in the United States. The LEGO Group is based in Billund, Denmark and has offices in approximately 30 countries.
Product Design Degree Required
The minimum educational requirement for a LEGO designer is typically a bachelor's degree in product or industrial design or mechanical engineering. Those who work at the signature LEGOLAND theme parks in Florida and California usually have bachelor's degrees in animation or graphic design. LEGO often prefers hiring designers with one or more years of experience in product design and concept testing.
Slow Job Growth
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 4 percent increase in jobs for industrial designers, who create anything from toys to automobiles, from 2012 to 2022, which is slower than the 11 percent national rate for all occupations. A decline in manufacturing will result in slower job growth for industrial designers, which could affect jobs for designers at LEGO.