Graphic Design Manager Salary

With a little more than half of Graphic Design Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Graphic Design Managers is $55K annually and can range from $34K on the lower end to $85K per year near the higher end. In the world of Graphic Design Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $85K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women account for the majority of Graphic Design Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,005 - $83,106
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$37K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $55,189
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$11.40 - $29.44
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$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,005 - $83,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,972  
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $9,899  
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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$34,297 - $85,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $29.44  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $40.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $9,899  
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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$34,297 - $85,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Job Description for Graphic Design Manager

Companies that generate marketing and sales campaigns often have a graphic design manager overseeing the look and feel of these campaigns' artwork. Graphic design managers approve all materials coming from their department, including items as diverse as sales circulars, point-of-sale advertisements, web pages, and signs. Most organizations have a specific branding strategy, and another role of the graphic design manager is to ensure that the artwork developed by their department remains consistent with the brand. The design manager should have excellent communication skills to present new projects to their teams so project specifications are clearly understood in the concept stage.

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Graphic Design Manager Tasks

  • Oversee a team of designers and take an active role in planning and implementing a multi-media campaign.
  • Direct artwork and layout design for multi-media communications.

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Graphic Design Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Creative Director. The average Creative Director brings home $82K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Survey results imply that Graphic Design Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, QuarkXPress, Desktop Publishing, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Graphic Design Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Graphic Design Managers make $59K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


Graphic Design Managers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. Graphic Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+30 percent), New York (+9 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries

Macintosh
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QuarkXPress
up arrow 3%

Desktop Publishing
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$54,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%
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