Graphic Artist Salary

Median pay for Graphic Artists in the United States is around $15.29 per hour. In the world of Graphic Artists, overall income ranges from $25K near the bottom to $57K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Most Graphic Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although approximately one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,829 - $60,666

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$10.86 - $24.36

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,829 - $60,666  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
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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$24,783 - $56,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $24.36  
   
Overtime
$15.19 - $31.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
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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$24,783 - $56,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
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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 who move on to become Senior Graphic Designers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Graphic Designers get paid an average of $53K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Illustration, Adobe PDF, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Corel Draw, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Graphic Artists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. Graphic Artists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Graphic Artists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Graphic Artists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Graphic Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Dallas (+29 percent), Tampa (+23 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston.

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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 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 15%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 270 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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