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. Close to one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,398 - $59,842
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,065
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$10.53 - $26.03
(Median)
$11
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,398 - $59,842  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$1,952  
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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$24,812 - $59,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 656
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.53 - $26.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$15.07 - $43.26  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$198.66 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,952  
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).
)
$24,812 - $59,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 505
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,505

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For Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 60 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+54 percent), New York (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 5 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Pittsburgh and Orlando.

Graphic Artist / Designer Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries

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Illustration
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Macintosh
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Web Design
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HTML
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Acrobat
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$38,000

Flash
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Microsoft Word
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Adobe InDesign
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Dreamweaver
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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