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 $38K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers bottoms out near $23K and approaches $53K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Women Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,245 - $53,409
(Median)
$27K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,355
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$9.94 - $22.42
(Median)
$9
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,245 - $53,409  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,083  
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $6,698  
Commission
$3,000  
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).
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$23,339 - $53,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $22.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$11.64 - $31.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,083  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $6,698  
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).
)
$23,339 - $53,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 909
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,576

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For Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Orlando (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$36,000

Dreamweaver
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Illustration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%

Macintosh
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 327 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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