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 $40K per year. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers runs from $25K to $60K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. More than half of Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers (60 percent) survey participants are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and roughly one-half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,429 - $60,064
$29K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,242
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$10.58 - $26.09
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$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,429 - $60,064  
   
Bonus
$194.89 - $5,192  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $8,940  
Total Pay (?
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$24,850 - $59,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 667
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.58 - $26.09  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $41.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$194.89 - $5,192  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $8,940  
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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$24,850 - $59,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 540

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,524

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Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 61 percent. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Indianapolis (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 5 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando and Philadelphia (5 percent lower).

Graphic Artist / Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Graphic Artist / Designer in Lindon:
"Keep Learning."
Never be afraid of acquiring more knowledge, skills, or talents. Try stuff you are scared you'll be bad at, practice doing things that don't come naturally.

Graphic Artist / Designer in Portland:
"Everything depends in the end you seek."
Line up proper exposure to the craft be specific in order to tackle certain avenues.

Key Stats for Graphic Artist / Designer

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.
075
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
16%
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Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries


up arrow 8%

HTML
up arrow 5%

Macintosh
up arrow 4%

Web Design
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%


Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$38,000

Flash
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%


Dreamweaver
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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