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Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary (United States)

Pay for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers is very modest at just $36K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $22K and $50K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $7K, respectively. While roughly a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and roughly one-half have dental, as well. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Most Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary (?
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$26,076 - $50,242
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,907
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Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary (?
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$9.80 - $21.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,076 - $50,242  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
Profit Sharing
$125.43 - $6,544  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$22,484 - $50,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,732
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
$9.80 - $21.40  
   
Overtime
$12.69 - $30.10  
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 - $3,017  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$125.43 - $6,544  
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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$22,484 - $50,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,915
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$34,000
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For Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago, where Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers annually earn 23 percent, 19 percent, 18 percent, and 8 percent more than the national average.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 4%
Desktop Publishing
up arrow 4%
HTML
up arrow 2%
Dreamweaver
up arrow 2%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%
Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%
Adobe Illustrator
0%
National Average
$34,000
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%
Graphic Design
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Design
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Illustration
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Macintosh
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 2043 votes.

Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 33%