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

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Graphic Designers are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $33,816 annually. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into overall incomes for Entry-Level Graphic Designers. Ranging between $26,076 near the bottom and $50,242 near the top, total earnings can include up to $3,017 from bonuses and up to $6,544 from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $9,787. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by about half. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Graphic Designers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary (?
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$26,076 - $50,242
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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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,732
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $21.40  
   
Overtime
$12.69 - $30.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,915
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$34,000
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Entry-Level Graphic Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago, where Entry-Level Graphic Designers annually earn 23 percent, 19 percent, 18 percent, and 8 percent more than the national average.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries

Flash
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Desktop Publishing
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HTML
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Dreamweaver
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Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%
Adobe Acrobat
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Adobe Illustrator
0%
National Average
$34,000
Adobe Photoshop
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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 6%
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%
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