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Graphic Design Manager Salary (United States)

Graphic Design Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $55K annually, but may range from $35K to $85K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $7K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $35K and hits $85K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Graphic Design Managers (63 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Graphic Design Manager Salary (?
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$36,394 - $82,907
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MEDIAN: $54,770
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Graphic Design Manager Salary (?
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$11.27 - $30.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,394 - $82,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,870  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $7,047  
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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$34,503 - $84,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $30.85  
   
Overtime
$14.48 - $42.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,870  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $7,047  
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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$34,503 - $84,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Manager

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Graphic Design Managers who transition into an upper level Creative Director role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $81K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager

Survey takers working as Graphic Design Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, Windows Operating System General Use, QuarkXPress, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of 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.
For many Graphic Design Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. For Graphic Design Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. Graphic Design Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $67K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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New York
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Washington
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Houston
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Atlanta
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National Average
$54,000
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Baltimore
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With a pay rate for Graphic Design Managers that is 49 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Graphic Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+32 percent), Washington (+30 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Baltimore is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries

QuarkXPress
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Desktop Publishing
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Graphic Design
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$54,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Acrobat
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%