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

Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers (largely between $22K and $51K) includes potential earnings of $3K from bonuses, $7K from profit sharing, and commissions of $10K in exceptional cases. Although nearly one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary (?
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$26,076 - $50,472
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $36,063
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Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary (?
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$9.81 - $21.75
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National Salary Data

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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
$26,076 - $50,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,012  
Profit Sharing
$123.35 - $6,558  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$22,444 - $50,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,076
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
$9.81 - $21.75  
   
Overtime
$12.36 - $30.39  
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 - $3,012  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$123.35 - $6,558  
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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$22,444 - $50,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,442
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National Average
$34,000
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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 36 percent. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 4%
Desktop Publishing
up arrow 3%
HTML
up arrow 2%
Dreamweaver
up arrow 1%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%
Adobe Illustrator
0%
Adobe Acrobat
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
up arrow 7%
Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 1605 votes.

Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 34%