Graphic Design Manager Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths 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 $85K per year, but median earnings come to around $55K annually. Total cash compensation to Graphic Design Managers approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $85K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Design Managers. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The majority of Graphic Design Managers (64 percent) who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,049 - $83,526

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$11.46 - $29.83

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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,049 - $83,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,076  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $9,863  
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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$34,399 - $85,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.46 - $29.83  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $40.98  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,076  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $9,863  
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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$34,399 - $85,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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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 substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, QuarkXPress, 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, 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Design Managers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), New York (+10 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Baltimore is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of 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%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$54,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%



up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

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