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Graphic Design Manager Salary

Graphic Design Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below three-fifths of Graphic Design Managers. Salaries average out to around $55K annually and spread from $34K to $86K per year. 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 $86K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Female Graphic Design Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,768 - $83,226
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,860
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$11.23 - $30.22
(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
$36,768 - $83,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,138  
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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$34,451 - $85,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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
$11.23 - $30.22  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $40.98  
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 - $7,138  
   
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).
)
$34,451 - $85,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 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 results imply that Graphic Design Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Macintosh, Windows Operating System General Use, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and HTML. The majority of those 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


Surpassing the national average by 49 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 Washington (+30 percent), New York (+12 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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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%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$54,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

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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