Graphic Design Specialist Salary

Median pay for Graphic Design Specialists in the United States is around $43K per year. Cash earnings for Graphic Design Specialists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $26K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $62K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Graphic Design Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Graphic Design Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,000 - $64,080
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,837
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$12.50 - $25.98
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,000 - $64,080  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,123  
Profit Sharing
$151.01 - $25,826  
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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$29,423 - $61,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $25.98  
   
Overtime
$19.69 - $37.00  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,123  
   
Profit Sharing
$151.01 - $25,826  
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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$29,423 - $61,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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Job Description for Graphic Design Specialist

A graphic design specialist completes design projects for their company or clients, performing tasks such as handling web design, creating logos, creating promotional items, and completing other graphic design-related tasks. These individuals may work as freelancers or hold permanent positions that may be part time or full time. A graphic design specialist may need to develop design ideas or help realize designs envisioned by hiring companies. When a design draft does not meet client satisfaction, a graphic designer must determine why and modify designs accordingly. The graphic design specialist may work with a marketing team to exchange ideas and help their ideas be actualized. Additionally, they might directly receive customer feedback or statistics to determine if the designs are accomplishing the company's goals.

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Graphic Design Specialist Tasks

  • Design and develop product brand identity.
  • Direct marketing design projects, collaborating with multiple departments.
  • Create and assemble images and graphics to produce designs for websites, print media, product design, displays and productions.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Specialist


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Though not the most common occurrence, Graphic Design Specialists sometimes become Art Directors, where the average income is $55K per year. A common career progression for a Graphic Design Specialist is to become a Senior Graphic Designer or a Graphic Design Manager. Compared to Graphic Design Specialists, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Specialist


Graphic Design Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Design, Illustration, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Flash. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Specialist

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


For many Graphic Design Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,754

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

For Graphic Design Specialists, New York provides a pay rate that is 57 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Design Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Indianapolis (+14 percent). Graphic Design Specialists in Cincinnati report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 8%

up arrow 7%


up arrow 5%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 3%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Macintosh
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%


Flash
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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