Graphic Design Manager Salary

Graphic Design Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $55K annually, but may range from $33K to $84K per year. Total cash compensation for Graphic Design Managers runs from $33K to $84K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up the majority of Graphic Design Managers (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,337 - $81,487
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,905
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$11.98 - $29.57
(Median)
$12
$20
$30
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.
)
$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.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Manager


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For Graphic Design Managers, progressing to a Creative Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Creative Director can earn $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 Project Management, Windows Operating System General Use, QuarkXPress, and Macintosh are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Web Design, and Adobe Acrobat. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Graphic Design Managers. 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. Graphic Design Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,358

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

For Graphic Design Managers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 50 percent greater than the national average. 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 14 percent below the national average.

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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
up arrow 2%

up arrow 5%


Web Design
up arrow 8%


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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