Graphic Artist Salary

Graphic Artists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.30 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 $3K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and approximately half receive dental plans. Most Graphic Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,979 - $60,833
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,692
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$11.07 - $24.66
(Median)
$11
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,979 - $60,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
Profit Sharing
$129.75 - $11,074  
Commission
$800  
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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$25,046 - $57,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 611
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $24.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.25 - $31.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
   
Commission
$800  
Profit Sharing
$129.75 - $11,074  
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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$25,046 - $57,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 812
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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


Graphic Artists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Adobe PDF, Illustration, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Acrobat and Corel Draw also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with 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.


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 see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,198

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 (+36 percent), Dallas (+31 percent), Washington (+27 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (6 percent less) and Austin (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries



Illustration
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Graphic Design
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 5%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 309 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
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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