Graphic Design Manager Salary

About one-half of Graphic Design Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $82K per year, but median earnings come to around $54K annually. In the world of Graphic Design Managers, overall income ranges from $34K near the bottom to $82K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women account for the majority of Graphic Design Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Design Managers. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,532 - $81,905
$37K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,880
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$13.34 - $29.15
$13
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$29
MEDIAN: $18.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,532 - $81,905  
   
Bonus
$152.05 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$169.68 - $6,183  
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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$33,554 - $81,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $29.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.78  
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
$152.05 - $11,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$169.68 - $6,183  
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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$33,554 - $81,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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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Though some Graphic Design Managers move into positions like Creative Director (where the average salary is $83K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Graphic Design Managers to transition into roles as Creative Services Directors or Marketing Managers, where reported median earnings are $25K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Graphic Design Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $43K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $50K on average. Graphic Design Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,670

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

For Graphic Design Managers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 55 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+39 percent), Washington (+36 percent), Las Vegas (+28 percent), and Los Angeles (+27 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Manager

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%
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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


▲7%

▲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 71 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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