Graphic Design Specialist Salary
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.Read More...
Usually, a postsecondary degree in a relevant field and experience in graphic design is necessary for this position. Graphic design specialists should be proficient in design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Some positions require the designer to be able to create 3D models, and some require web design experience with a portfolio, requiring the knowledge of HTML and CSS. Knowledge of basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite is also necessary. This job requires being able to work independently in order to accomplish goals, as well as with clients and/or colleagues. There may be time constraints that the graphic designer needs to adhere to, and so self-pacing is important. Photography skills might be needed as well.
Graphic Design Specialist Tasks
- Create and assemble images and graphics to produce designs for websites, print media, product design, displays and productions.
- Direct marketing design projects, collaborating with multiple departments.
- Design and develop product brand identity.
Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Specialist
There are some Graphic Design Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Art Directors, where earnings are an average $56K annually. The most common next step for a Graphic Design Specialist is to become a Senior Graphic Designer or a Graphic Design Manager. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.
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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Specialist
Graphic Design Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Desktop Publishing, Macintosh, Adobe Acrobat, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Flash, Illustration, and Dreamweaver. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Adobe InDesign.
Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $41K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $56K.
Pay Difference by Location
New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Graphic Design Specialists, 51 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Indianapolis (+14 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Phoenix and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.
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