Graphic Artist Salary

The average Graphic Artist in the United States earns approximately $15.27 per hour. Total cash compensation for Graphic Artists runs from $25K to $57K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $11K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Graphic Artists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and approximately one-half receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,841 - $60,800
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,770
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$10.81 - $24.34
(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
$28,841 - $60,800  
   
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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$24,734 - $56,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.81 - $24.34  
   
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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$24,734 - $56,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 677
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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 $53K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Survey takers working as Graphic Artists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Adobe PDF, Illustration, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Corel Draw, Adobe Acrobat, 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.


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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. Graphic Artists bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Graphic Artists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Graphic Artists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. 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). In Houston, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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 4%

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 271 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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