Graphic Design Intern Salary

The average Graphic Design Intern in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.76 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Design Interns. Nearly one in eight receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Graphic Design Interns making up 75 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$22,300 - $40,350
(Median)
$22K
$30K
$40K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$8.68 - $18.55
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,300 - $40,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$18,320 - $39,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $18.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$1.71 - $35.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$18,320 - $39,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Intern


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Graphic Design Interns who transition into an Art Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. The most common next step for a Graphic Design Intern is to become a Graphic Designer or a Graphic Artist & Designer. The former position pays an additional $14K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Intern


Professional skills reported by Graphic Design Interns are few in number. 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 and Adobe InDesign. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Adobe InDesign.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,803

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

With a pay rate for Graphic Design Interns that is 33 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 Los Angeles (+11 percent).

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 30%

National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Design Intern Salaries

National Average
$25,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 5%

Graphic Design
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 12%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 88%
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