Graphic Design Intern Salary
Graphic Design Interns in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.20 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Graphic Design Interns survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. Job satisfaction for Graphic Design Interns is high. Fewer than one in ten get medical and dental insurance, and less than 10 percent get vision plans, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Total Pay (||$18,494 - $37,060|
|Hourly Rate||$9.02 - $15.80|
|Total Pay (||$18,494 - $37,060|
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
- 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
Graphic Design Interns who transition into an Art Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. Graphic Designers or Graphic Artists & Designers are common next-step roles for Graphic Design Interns moving up in their careers; annual pay for Graphic Designers is $16K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Graphic Artists & Designers.
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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Intern
Survey takers who work as 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. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of Adobe InDesign.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Graphic Design Interns that is 39 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Graphic Design Interns will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent) and Los Angeles (+15 percent).
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