Graphic Artist Salary

For Graphic Artists, hourly average wages total $15.43 per hour. Total incomes of Graphic Artists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $59K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,787 - $61,610
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,547
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$11.28 - $24.17
$11
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MEDIAN: $15.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,787 - $61,610  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,983  
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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$25,241 - $58,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.28 - $24.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.55 - $32.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,983  
   
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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$25,241 - $58,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 455

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Graphic Designer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Graphic Artists report using a deep pool of skills 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. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 359 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 235 salaries. An experienced Graphic Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 228 salaries. A Graphic Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 149 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,315

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

For Graphic Artists, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Graphic Artists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+43 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), San Antonio (+24 percent), and Minneapolis (+22 percent). Graphic Artists in Tulsa take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Oklahoma City and Houston (14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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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
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries

▲17%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$36,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲21%


▲5%

Web Design
▲2%


Adobe InDesign
▼0%

National Average
$36,000


▼1%




▼10%

Adobe Acrobat
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 32%
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