Graphic Design Specialist Salary

Graphic Design Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $42K per year on average. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Graphic Design Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Graphic Design Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,858 - $62,377

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$12.42 - $26.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,858 - $62,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
Profit Sharing
$720 - $4,000  
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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$29,130 - $60,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $26.59  
   
Overtime
$19.51 - $37.76  
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 - $5,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$720 - $4,000  
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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$29,130 - $60,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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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Graphic Design Specialists who go on to become Art Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Art Directors is $55K annually. Typical career progression for a Graphic Design Specialist involves becoming a Senior Graphic Designer or a Graphic Design Manager, roles that pay $11K more and $9K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Illustration, Desktop Publishing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Adobe Acrobat, and Flash. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Specialist

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


For Graphic Design Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. Graphic Design Specialists bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 9%



up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Dreamweaver
0%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Macintosh
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%


Flash
up arrow 6%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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