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Graphic Design Manager Salary

The majority of Graphic Design Managers in the United States — slightly less than three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $34K to $85K per year, and the median is $55K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Graphic Design Managers can bottom out near $34K or peak near $85K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Graphic Design Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Graphic Design Managers (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,850 - $83,327
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,860
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$11.22 - $30.13
(Median)
$11
$20
$30
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
$36,850 - $83,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,047  
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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$33,854 - $85,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.22 - $30.13  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $40.81  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,047  
   
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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$33,854 - $85,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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 a Creative Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $82K per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Graphic Design Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, QuarkXPress, Desktop Publishing, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. For Graphic Design Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $66K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Graphic Design Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+30 percent), New York (+13 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). In Baltimore, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent 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

Macintosh
up arrow 4%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 4%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$54,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%


up arrow 6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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