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Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers bottoms out near $23K and approaches $51K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Some workers in this field — nearly one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by one-half. Women Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$25,979 - $50,774
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,148
10%
50%
90%

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$9.86 - $21.70
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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50%
90%

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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,979 - $50,774  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,002  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $6,573  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,128  
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).
)
$22,663 - $50,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,378
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.
)
$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $21.70  
   
Overtime
$13.35 - $30.84  
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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,002  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $6,573  
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).
)
$22,663 - $50,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,846

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Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 5%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

National Average
$34,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Macintosh
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1126 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 34%