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Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary

Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers varies from around $23K to approximately $51K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $7K, respectively. Women Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and approximately one-half receive dental plans. Most Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,942 - $50,787
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,218
10%
50%
90%

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$9.85 - $21.48
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
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
$25,942 - $50,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,985  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $6,638  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
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).
)
$22,605 - $50,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,178
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
$9.85 - $21.48  
   
Overtime
$13.22 - $30.55  
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 - $2,985  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $6,638  
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).
)
$22,605 - $50,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,708

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Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+14 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 3%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

Dreamweaver
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$34,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Macintosh
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 968 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 34%
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