Graphic Artists in the United States take home an average $15.31 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by around half. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Artists (52 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,819 - $58,977
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,667
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$11.19 - $24.50
(Median)
$11
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,819 - $58,977  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,955  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$600  
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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$25,189 - $56,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.19 - $24.50  
   
Overtime
$16.40 - $31.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,955  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$25,189 - $56,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 481
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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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Advancing into a Senior Graphic Designer role seems to be a popular career move for Graphic Artists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $54K per year.

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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, Adobe PDF, Adobe Portable Document Format, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Corel Draw. 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. For Graphic Artists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. For some reason, Graphic Artists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,853

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

With a pay rate for Graphic Artists that is 45 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Graphic Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+41 percent), New York (+40 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Oklahoma City (13 percent less) and Indianapolis (5 percent less).

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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.

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries



Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
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Adobe InDesign
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National Average
$36,000

Illustration
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Graphic Design
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Web Design
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Adobe Acrobat
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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