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Graphic Artist Salary

Median pay for Graphic Artists in the United States is around $15.28 per hour. Total cash compensation to Graphic Artists approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $57K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While about one in three report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and approximately half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Graphic Artists is high. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Artists (53 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,821 - $60,948
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,689
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$10.77 - $24.42
(Median)
$11
$15
$24
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
$28,821 - $60,948  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,482  
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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$24,755 - $56,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 494
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $24.42  
   
Overtime
$15.17 - $31.61  
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 - $2,482  
   
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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$24,755 - $56,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 625

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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


Survey takers working as Graphic Artists report using a large range of professional skills. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Artists make a median salary of $41K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Artists, New York provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+37 percent), Phoenix (+35 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), and Dallas (+33 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 5 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 2 percent less in Austin and 1 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries


Illustration
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Web Design
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 15%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 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
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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