Games Job roles By Tom Horton

Each job is crucial to the development and the design of the game. Each job has task that they are in charge of completing and/ or instructing the less experienced employees. The higher the job is up the flow chart the more important the job role is.

Junior job roles: Junior job roles do the same work as the senior versions of their job but the only difference is they have little or no experience in the line of work so they will be guided by the seniors to assists them. The juniors cost less to hire due to their inexperience.

  • Junior animators have an average salary of £12,000 - £15,000 per year.
  • Junior games artists have an average salary of £21,250 per year.
  • Junior programmers have an average salary of £23,868 per year.
  • Junior Designers have an average salary of £19,000 – £20,000 per year.


Animators are more important than junior animators as they are given more important tasks to do for the game. Animators in the games industry are responsible for the movement and behavior of the game. Most often this is applied to give life to the characters and creatures, but sometimes animations are also applied to other things such as objects, scenery of the game, vegetation and environmental effects. Animators with between three and six years of industry experience average £24,105 per year. Animators which have had more experience would have a higher salary.


Artists create the visual look or elements of a game, such as characters, scenery, objects, vehicles, surface textures, clothing and props. They also create concept art and storyboards of the game which help communicate the proposed visual elements during the Pre-production phase of the game. It is the Artist's job to create a model of the characters and texture characters and objects to achieve the desired result from the lead artist. There are various specialists’ job roles within the art department, including 3-D object modelers, character designers, textures, and environment artists. Each Artist has responsibility for the creation of particular art role to create for the game. The average game artist salary is per year £30,740 the salary will depend on the experience and company that has employed the artist.


Game Programmers work at the core of the game development process. They design and write the computer code that runs and controls the game; they also test the code and fix bugs. Different platforms have particular programming requirements and there are also various specialist job roles within programming, such as physics programmers, AI programmers, 3-D engine developers. The average game programmer salary is per year £36,111 the salary will depend on the experience and company that has employed the programmer.

Senior Designers:

Game Designers are the creators of missions, stages and locales within the game. If there was no designers there will be no game to play. The Designers plan and define all the elements of a game such as: its setting; structure; rules; story flow; characters; the objects, props, vehicles, and devices available to the characters; interface design; and modes of play. Once the game is designed, the Game Designer communicates this to the rest of the development team who create the art assets and computer code that allow the game to be played. There are various types of designers which specialize in certain things:

  • Level Designer.
  • Content Designer.
  • System Designer.
  • Technical Designer.
  • Design Director.

The average game designer salary is per year £28,256 the salary will depend on the experience and company that has employed the designer.

Lead Job roles: Lead job roles are in charge their department and set the tasks for the senior employees. They will also do everything that the senior job roles do. The Lead jobs salary depends on the amount of experience they have and the company that is employing them.

  • Lead Animator average salary is about £61,411 per year.
  • Lead games artist average salary is about £41,799 per year.
  • Lead programmers average salary is about £51,085 per year.
  • Lead designer average salary is about £47,672 per year.

Project Manager:

The Project Manager or the Producer is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of a game, on time and within the budget. They control the financial and other resources needed for a project and co-ordinate the work of the production team, making sure that the quality and vision of the game is maintained throughout the production, whatever problems may arise. They understand everybody’s contributions to a game and keep an overview of the entire process from start to the final completion of the game. The average production manager salary is per year £86,508 the salary will depend on the experience and company that has employed the production manager.


Quality Assurance Technicians, or Testers, perform a vital role within the finalization of a game. They test and tune the games and suggest the detailed refinements to the programmers or designers that ensure the quality and play-ability of the finished game is the best it can be. The work can be repetitive and tedious, but Testers have to test long after the novelty and fun factor may have worn off. The average QA tester salary is per year £20,000 – 40,000 the salary will depend on the experience and company that has employed the QA tester.

Audio Team:

The Audio Engineer creates the soundtracks for a game. This would include things like music, sound effects to support the game action, character voices and other expressions, spoken instructions, and surroundings noise, such as crowd noise, vehicles or sounds created by weather such as thunder or rain. Audio Engineers also work for specialist outsourcing companies and localization services that re-version game for different countries. The average Audio Engineer salary is per year £20,000 – 40,000 the salary will depend on the experience and company that has employed the Audio Engineer.

Middleware Programmer:

Middleware programmers can be freelance jobs which are employed by a company when they are needed in intense times or they can be employed internally specifically for the role for the company. Middleware programmers create the graphics, physics and networking for the game.

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