Graphic Design Manager Salary

Median pay for Graphic Design Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K per year. Overall cash earnings for Graphic Design Managers stretch from $34K on the lower end to $80K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Most Graphic Design Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Design Managers (57 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,727 - $81,848
$37K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $54,215
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$13.84 - $29.08
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$0$81K
Salary $36,727 - $81,848
Bonus $99.33 - $9,658
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $3,297
Commission $3,225
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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$33,769 - $80,283
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 303
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $13.84 - $29.08
Overtime $0.00 - $30.18
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $99.33 - $9,658
Commission $3,225
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $3,297
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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$33,769 - $80,283
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 67

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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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It's not very common for Graphic Design Managers to move on to become Creative Directors. Average pay for a Creative Director is $83K annually. Graphic Design Managers most often move into positions as Creative Services Directors or Marketing Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $24K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Survey results imply that Graphic Design Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Windows Operating System General Use, QuarkXPress, Macintosh, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those listing Adobe Portable Document Format as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Design and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Manager

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Design Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Design Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 109 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Design Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Graphic Design Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 141 salaries. A Graphic Design Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 70 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,777

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Graphic Design Managers, 55 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+39 percent), Washington (+36 percent), Las Vegas (+27 percent), and Los Angeles (+27 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Graphic Design Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Graphic Design Manager?

Graphic Design Manager in Granite City:
"Busy Days."
Pros: The creativity, the lack of corporate demands,
Cons: Time-lines; customers believe you only work for them and have no other projects on your plate. It can be slow one day and high pressure and hectic the next. Keeping a schedule is near impossible while sharing a sales job. Customers may take 45 minutes to talk through what they want (often coming unprepared), while at the same time you were supposed to have a proof sent off or notify another customer that they're order is ready.

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Manager

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries

▲26%

▲14%

National Average
$52,000

▼4%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries


▲6%

▲4%




Adobe Acrobat
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$52,000



▼3%


Web Design
▼21%

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 19%
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