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

Nearly four in five of Entry-Level Graphic Designers are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $33,816 annually. With some bonuses running north of $3,017, profit sharing proceeds occasionally surpassing $6,544, and select commissions of $9,787, total income for Entry-Level Graphic Designers can range between $22,484 and $50,237 according to individual performance. Some workers in this field—about a third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Graphic Designers (57 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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 (?
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 - $3,017  
   
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,915
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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
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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
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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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%