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 annually and can range from $33K on the lower end to $84K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Graphic Design Managers approaches anywhere from $33K on the lower end to $84K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female Graphic Design Managers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. Most Graphic Design Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,337 - $81,487
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,905
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$11.98 - $29.57
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$12
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$36,337 - $81,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,086  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $8,500  
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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$33,178 - $83,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $29.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.65  
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
$0.00 - $7,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $8,500  
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).
)
$33,178 - $83,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Creative Director. The latter position pays an average of $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 Project Management, Windows Operating System General Use, QuarkXPress, and Macintosh are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Web Design, and Adobe Acrobat. Most people who know 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.


For many Graphic Design Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. Graphic Design Managers bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,358

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

Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Graphic Design Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Graphic Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+48 percent), Washington (+31 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Macintosh
up arrow 2%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 2%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
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up arrow 5%


Web Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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