The average Graphic Artist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.43 per hour. In the world of Graphic Artists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $58K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although the greater part have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,780 - $60,339
$29K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,165
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90%

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$11.13 - $24.75
$11
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,780 - $60,339  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,956  
Profit Sharing
$9.21 - $12,723  
Commission
$305.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,182 - $57,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 358
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $24.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.73 - $32.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,956  
   
Commission
$305.00  
Profit Sharing
$9.21 - $12,723  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,182 - $57,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 479

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Job Description for Graphic Artist

A graphic artist designs visual presentations of a wide variety, including advertisements, brochures, screen-printed tees, logos, signs, product illustrations, websites and more. A graphic artist works alone or with a group of illustrators, photographers and writers to meet the design demands of clients from all fields. The artist determines the size and arrangement of visual elements to facilitate communication between the client and a target audience.

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Graphic Artist Tasks

  • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and internet websites.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Artist


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Graphic Artists who move on to become Senior Graphic Designers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Graphic Designers get paid an average of $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe PDF are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Artists make a median salary of $42K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,299

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Artists, 43 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+42 percent), New York (+38 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), and Denver (+20 percent). Graphic Artists in Tulsa take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Oklahoma City and 4 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Q: What is it like working as a Graphic Artist?

Graphic Artist in Gainesville:
"It is fun work."
Pros: I love being able to create new ideas, and designs. I create specialty art for companies that sell our items in big box stores. I take a lot of pride in the things I create, especially when I have the time to actually work on the art.
Cons: Being told to make something "trendy", "hip" or some other semblance of those words with out any actual direction. Sometimes your ideas are dismissed easily and it is frustrating. Not given enough time to actually work on the given projects and feeling rushed. And when our warehouse is backed up we are pulled fro our jobs to pack, pull and tag. It is the worst part of the job, but this is also something that happens when you are apart of a smaller company. But being out in the warehouse for 3 months is tiring. I've hurt my hands, ankle, back, and I've got more sore muscles than I ever wanted.

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Key Stats for Graphic Artist

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
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Web Design
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Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$36,000





Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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