Graphic Artist Salary

The average Graphic Artist in the United States earns approximately $15.32 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Graphic Artists can bottom out near $25K or peak near $57K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Graphic Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and half have dental, too. Women Graphic Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,750 - $60,832
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,570
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$10.73 - $24.52
(Median)
$11
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,750 - $60,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,463  
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $6,500  
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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$24,689 - $56,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $24.52  
   
Overtime
$15.11 - $31.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,463  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $6,500  
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).
)
$24,689 - $56,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 601

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Graphic Artist


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Graphic Artists often transition into Senior Graphic Designer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Graphic Designers earn $52K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Graphic Artists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Illustration, Adobe PDF, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Corel Draw, Adobe Acrobat, 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.


For Graphic Artists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. Graphic Artists see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Graphic Artists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+36 percent), New York (+35 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), and Dallas (+33 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Atlanta (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries



Graphic Design
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Adobe PDF
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National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Web Design
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Adobe Acrobat
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 33%