Graphic Artist Salary

An average Graphic Artist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.66 per hour. Total cash compensation for Graphic Artists runs from $25K to $60K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and around half receive dental plans. Women Graphic Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,976 - $63,028
$29K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,591
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$11.22 - $24.67
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MEDIAN: $15.66
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$0$63K
Salary $28,976 - $63,028
Bonus $201.68 - $4,965
Profit Sharing $179.50 - $10,476
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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$25,339 - $59,887
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 330
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.22 - $24.67
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $16.18 - $33.48
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $201.68 - $4,965
Profit Sharing $179.50 - $10,476
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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$25,339 - $59,887
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 464

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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 seem to wield many 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, 8 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Office. 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

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: $36,511

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

For Graphic Artists, New York provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Artists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+42 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), San Antonio (+23 percent), and Minneapolis (+22 percent). Compared to the national average, Tulsa Graphic Artists have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Oklahoma City (14 percent lower) and Houston (9 percent lower).

Graphic Artist Reviews

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.

Graphic Artist in Manhattan:
"Graphics."
Pros: Freely designing for catalogs and having the ability to take projects into my own hands.
Cons: The pay and the communication between supervisors and employees as well as other departments that affect our job.

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Key Stats for Graphic Artist

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries

▲16%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$37,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲21%


▲4%


Web Design
▲1%

Adobe InDesign
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

▼1%





▼10%

Adobe Acrobat
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 36%
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