Graphic Artist Salary

Graphic Artists in the United States can expect wages of $15.29 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Graphic Artists — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $57K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women Graphic Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,793 - $60,880
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,710
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$10.79 - $24.43
(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
$28,793 - $60,880  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
Profit Sharing
$128.86 - $11,234  
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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$24,704 - $56,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $24.43  
   
Overtime
$15.18 - $31.43  
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 - $2,513  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.86 - $11,234  
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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$24,704 - $56,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 672
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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 $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, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Graphic Artists see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Graphic Artists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Artists, New York provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+35 percent), Dallas (+29 percent), Tampa (+23 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries


Adobe PDF
up arrow 4%

Illustration
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 272 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: 65% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 32%
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