Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers ; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K per year. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $23K to approximately $51K. Although approximately one-third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers (57 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,193 - $51,027
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,422
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$9.84 - $21.80
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,193 - $51,027  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,992  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $7,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$22,641 - $51,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,913
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
$9.84 - $21.80  
   
Overtime
$12.89 - $30.45  
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 - $2,992  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $7,000  
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).
)
$22,641 - $51,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,456
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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Houston (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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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%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$34,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Macintosh
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 747 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 33%
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