Graphic Design Intern Salary

The average Graphic Design Intern in the United States earns approximately $11.70 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Less than five percent get medical and dental insurance, and fewer than one in twenty get vision plans, too. The majority of Graphic Design Interns (67 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Design Interns.

$21,135 - $44,500
$30K
MEDIAN: $30,030
50%

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$9.15 - $16.04
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.70
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$30,030  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,513 - $36,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.15 - $16.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.79  
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$18,513 - $36,483  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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Job Description for Graphic Design Intern

Graphic design interns help organizations to design graphic communications for print or the internet, such as logos, posters, mail and newsletters, flyers, promotional items, social media graphics, and other marketing materials. They may also assist with conceptual and non-technical aspects, such as brainstorming design ideas and marketing strategies. The specific subject matter of design will depend on the company, as industries from art to business employ graphic designers and interns. Unlike a graphic designer or creative head of a department, graphic design interns often work in a volunteer or reduced-wage capacity with advancement opportunities at the internship's conclusion.

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Graphic Design Intern Tasks

  • Create and edit images, videos, font, and graphics for marketing use.
  • Review documents, brochures, presentations, websites and other items to identify areas for improvement.
  • Follow brand standards to produce high quality work.
  • Maintain and update websites and social media sites.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Intern


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At the upper end, Graphic Design Interns who move into an Art Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Art Directors is a much higher $56K per year. Career advancement for the typical Graphic Design Intern often leads to becoming a Graphic Designer or a Graphic Artist & Designer; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Intern


Graphic Design Interns usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,510

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Graphic Design Interns in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Interns will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent) and Los Angeles (+12 percent).

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Intern

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Intern Salaries

▲19%

▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Intern Salaries

National Average
$25,000



Adobe InDesign
▼5%

Graphic Design
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 4%
dental benefits
Dental: 4%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 96%
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