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Graphic Artist Salary

Pay for Graphic Artists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.28 per hour. Total cash compensation to Graphic Artists bottoms out near $25K and approaches $57K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $11K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Graphic Artists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Artists (53 percent) survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,874 - $61,213
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,689
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$10.78 - $24.40
(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
$28,874 - $61,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Profit Sharing
$128.43 - $11,335  
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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$24,737 - $56,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.78 - $24.40  
   
Overtime
$15.19 - $31.51  
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 - $2,517  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.43 - $11,335  
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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$24,737 - $56,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 638
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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.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Graphic Artists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. Graphic Artists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Artists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+35 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), Dallas (+33 percent), and Tampa (+23 percent). Oklahoma City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Houston and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries


Illustration
up arrow 4%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
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 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%

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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