With slightly 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 $54K per year and can range from $34K on the lower end to $83K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Graphic Design Managers approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $83K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Graphic Design Managers (61 percent) who took the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,811 - $81,948
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MEDIAN: $54,005
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,811 - $81,948  
   
Bonus
$145.44 - $12,365  
Profit Sharing
$169.68 - $6,183  
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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$33,968 - $82,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $29.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.55  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$145.44 - $12,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$169.68 - $6,183  
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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$33,968 - $82,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Manager


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Though some Graphic Design Managers move into positions like Creative Director (where the average salary is $83K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Graphic Design Managers to transition into roles as Creative Services Directors or Marketing Managers, where reported median earnings are $24K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Graphic Design Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Windows Operating System General Use, Desktop Publishing, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Those listing Adobe Portable Document Format as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Web Design also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Manager

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Graphic Design Managers bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Graphic Design Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,850

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

Graphic Design Managers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 54 percent. Graphic Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+39 percent), Washington (+35 percent), Las Vegas (+27 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (7 percent lower) and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Manager

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
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1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 7%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 7%



Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

Macintosh
0%

National Average
$52,000


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Web Design
up arrow 5%


Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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