Graphic Design Interns in the United States take home approximately $11.73 per hour on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Graphic Design Interns report high levels of job satisfaction. Less than one in ten get medical and dental insurance, and less than five percent get vision plans, too. The majority of Graphic Design Interns (67 percent) who took the survey are women.

$15,101 - $53,638
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$8.53 - $16.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$15,101 - $53,638  
   
Bonus
$200.00  
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$17,666 - $39,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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$8.53 - $16.52  
   
Hourly Tips
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Overtime
$19.00  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$200.00  
   
Total Pay (?
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$17,666 - $39,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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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Graphic Design Interns may progress into high-paying roles like Art Director, where median compensation is $56K annually. Typical career progression for a Graphic Design Intern involves becoming a Graphic Designer or a Graphic Artist & Designer, roles that pay $15K more and $11K more on average.

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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 seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,599

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

For Graphic Design Interns, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Interns will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 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.
074
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
1%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
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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 6%

Graphic Design
up arrow 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
20%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 5%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 95%
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