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Graphic Design Manager Salary

With just under three-fifths 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 per year and can range from $34K on the lower end to $86K per year near the higher end. The range in cash compensation to Graphic Design Managers ($34K to $86K) includes potential earnings of $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Graphic Design Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Design Managers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,635 - $83,821
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $54,631
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$11.45 - $30.22
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MEDIAN: $20
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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
$36,635 - $83,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,037  
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $7,096  
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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$34,199 - $85,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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
$11.45 - $30.22  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $39.83  
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 - $7,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $7,096  
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).
)
$34,199 - $85,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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 go on to become Creative Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Creative Directors is $82K annually.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, Windows Operating System General Use, QuarkXPress, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. 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 $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 50 percent. Graphic Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+31 percent), New York (+23 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Baltimore.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries

Macintosh
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 3%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$53,000

HTML
up arrow 3%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%