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.

$15,101 - $47,678
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$29K
$48K
MEDIAN: $29,387
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$8.49 - $16.58
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$15,101 - $47,678  
   
Bonus
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$17,592 - $39,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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Hourly Rate
$8.49 - $16.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$200.00  
   
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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$17,592 - $39,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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

  • 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.

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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

National Average: $24,684

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

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%


National Average
$25,000

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Intern Salaries

National Average
$25,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 5%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 4%
dental benefits
Dental: 4%
medical benefits
Vision: 3%
dental benefits
None: 96%
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