Graphic Design Intern Salary
For Graphic Design Interns, hourly average wages total $11.77 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Graphic Design Interns (67 percent) who took the survey are female. Fewer than one in twenty receive medical and dental insurance and less than five percent get vision insurance. For the most part, Graphic Design Interns enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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.Read More...
Graphic design interns often work on teams and report to a creative head or graphic designer. Depending on the size of the company, they may work among dozens of employees in similar capacities or be the only intern underneath a graphic designer, and they typically work in an indoor office setting during regular weekly hours. Their work is largely mental and requires knowledge of computers and up-to-date design software and programs, and some employers may prefer that graphic design interns have their own computers with design software for assistance outside of working hours. Important skills for this position include time management, organizational skills, the ability to meet deadlines, close attention to detail, and the ability to work both in teams and independently.
Requirements for graphic design interns can vary depending on the company. While some companies hire interns with no formal qualifications, others may require at least some college experience in graphic design or communications.
Graphic Design Intern Tasks
- Follow brand standards to produce high quality work.
- Maintain and update websites and social media sites.
- Create and edit images, videos, font, and graphics for marketing use.
- Review documents, brochures, presentations, websites and other items to identify areas for improvement.
Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Intern
Graphic Design Interns' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Art Director. The average Art Director brings home $56K per year. Graphic Design Interns typically move into roles as Graphic Designers or Graphic Artists & Designers, and those positions pay $15K more and $11K more, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Intern
Graphic Design Interns only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe InDesign, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Design Interns, 34 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Design Interns will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent) and Los Angeles (+11 percent).