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Graphic Artist Salary

The average Graphic Artist in the United States earns approximately $15.36 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Graphic Artists can bottom out near $25K or peak near $58K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Graphic Artists report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — about a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$28,786 - $61,699
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,873
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$10.87 - $24.52
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National Salary Data

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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
$28,786 - $61,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,435  
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $6,500  
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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$24,779 - $57,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 416
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $24.52  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $32.26  
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 - $2,435  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.00 - $6,500  
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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$24,779 - $57,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 525
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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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As Graphic Artists make advancements in their career path to roles like Senior Graphic Designer, salaries often climb aggressively. On average, Senior Graphic Designers will make $52K annually.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Illustration, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know 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.


For Graphic Artists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Artists, 38 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+36 percent), Phoenix (+35 percent), Dallas (+28 percent), and Tampa (+25 percent). Oklahoma City is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (4 percent less) and Atlanta (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries



Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 5%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 33%