Graphic Design Manager Salary

Graphic Design Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $55K annually, but may range from $34K to $85K per year. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Graphic Design Managers spread between $34K and $85K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Female Graphic Design Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals. 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. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,070 - $83,013
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $55,092
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$11.22 - $29.10
(Median)
$11
$20
$29
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
$37,070 - $83,013  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,981  
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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$33,900 - $84,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.22 - $29.10  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $40.81  
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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,981  
   
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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$33,900 - $84,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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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At the upper end, Graphic Design Managers who move into a Creative Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Creative Directors is a much higher $82K per year.

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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 Macintosh, QuarkXPress, Desktop Publishing, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Graphic Design Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Design Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+30 percent), New York (+10 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 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 3%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 3%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$54,000

Adobe InDesign
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up arrow 6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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