Graphic Design Manager Salary

Graphic Design Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent half of Graphic Design Managers. Salaries average out to around $54K annually and spread from $34K to $81K per year. Cash earnings for Graphic Design Managers — including $10K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $81K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Design Managers (58 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Design Managers. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,373 - $82,158
$37K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $54,102
10%
50%
90%

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$13.52 - $29.36
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.77
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50%
90%

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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
$37,373 - $82,158  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $10,186  
Profit Sharing
$169.68 - $2,598  
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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$33,527 - $81,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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
$13.52 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.18  
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
$102.56 - $10,186  
   
Commission
$3,225  
Profit Sharing
$169.68 - $2,598  
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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$33,527 - $81,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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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Graphic Design Managers do not often transition into Creative Director roles. The role averages $83K per year. Career advancement for the typical Graphic Design Manager often leads to becoming a Creative Services Director or a Marketing Manager; median salaries in these positions 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 deep pool 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. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in 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: $51,784

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Design Managers, 54 percent higher 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 (+27 percent), and Los Angeles (+26 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis. Workers in Baltimore and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Manager

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
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 77 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 19%
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