With just below three-fifths of Graphic Design Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Graphic Design Managers is $55K per year and can range from $34K on the lower end to $82K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation for Graphic Design Managers runs from $34K to $82K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Graphic Design Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Graphic Design Managers (62 percent) survey participants are women. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,688 - $81,442
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,729
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$13.04 - $28.66
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$29
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
$36,688 - $81,442  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $10,365  
Profit Sharing
$771 - $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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$33,619 - $81,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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
$13.04 - $28.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.27  
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
$101.37 - $10,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$771 - $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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$33,619 - $81,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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Graphic Design Managers sometimes assume positions such as Creative Directors. That role pays $83K per year on average. The most common next step for a Graphic Design Manager is to become a Creative Services Director or a Marketing Manager. The former position pays an additional $24K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Graphic Design Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Windows Operating System General Use, Desktop Publishing, and HTML 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. Microsoft Word and Web Design also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know 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.


Graphic Design Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. 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 $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,551

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

Home to some of the best pay for Graphic Design Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 52 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+35 percent), Washington (+34 percent), Las Vegas (+26 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 5%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Macintosh
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$53,000

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%


Web Design
up arrow 6%


Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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