Graphic Artist Salary

Graphic Artists in the United States pull down an average of $15.30 per hour. Total incomes of Graphic Artists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $11K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $57K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Artists (53 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Graphic Artists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,979 - $60,833
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,692
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$11.07 - $24.66
(Median)
$11
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,979 - $60,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
Profit Sharing
$129.75 - $11,074  
Commission
$800  
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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$25,046 - $57,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 611
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $24.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.25 - $31.98  
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
$0.00 - $2,919  
   
Commission
$800  
Profit Sharing
$129.75 - $11,074  
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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$25,046 - $57,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 812
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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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Advancing into a Senior Graphic Designer role seems to be a popular career move for Graphic Artists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $53K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Survey results imply that Graphic Artists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Adobe PDF, Illustration, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Acrobat and Corel Draw also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $42K in this role. Graphic Artists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,198

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

Home to some of the best pay for Graphic Artists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+36 percent), Dallas (+31 percent), Washington (+27 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (6 percent less) and Austin (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries



Illustration
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 5%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 309 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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