As of May 2013, fashion designers, including shoe designers, made an estimated average salary of $73,570, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In December 2014, Glassdoor.com listed an average salary for footwear designers at $71,533, based on 54 footwear designers' salaries from various companies throughout the United States.
As of January 2015, Jobs-Salary.com listed an average salary of $61,418 for footwear designers, based on a total of 24 job advertisements. A senior footwear designer, according to SalaryList.com, made an average of $84,101 per year, also as of January 2015.
Shoe and footwear designers envision, create and help produce shoes and boots of different styles. They work with new materials to produce new designs that merge fashion, form, comfort and function.