Graphic Design Specialist Salary

Graphic Design Specialists in the United States take home approximately $46K per year on average. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Graphic Design Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,644 - $64,344
$32K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,803
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$13.89 - $33.16
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$0$66K
Salary $31,644 - $64,344
Bonus $195.74 - $5,128
Profit Sharing $3,000
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$30,913 - $66,328
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 254
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $13.89 - $33.16
Overtime $21.53 - $39.03
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $195.74 - $5,128
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$30,913 - $66,328
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 117

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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 $56K per year. Graphic Design Specialists typically move into roles as Senior Graphic Designers or Graphic Design Managers, and those positions pay $9K more and $6K more, respectively.

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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 Macintosh, Desktop Publishing, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Flash, Dreamweaver, and Illustration. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Design Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Design Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 163 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Design Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 113 salaries. An experienced Graphic Design Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 79 salaries. A Graphic Design Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,954

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

For Graphic Design Specialists, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Graphic Design Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+16 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Washington (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Chicago and Phoenix.

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Q: What is it like working as a Graphic Design Specialist?

Graphic Design Specialist in Fayetteville:
"Challenging yet creatively rewarding."
Pros: I get to make art as a job, I can work alone on most projects.
Cons: The corporate culture, being overworked, feeling emotionally and creatively drained.

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Specialist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

▲26%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$45,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

▲8%




▲5%




▲3%

Adobe Photoshop
▼0%


National Average
$45,000


▼5%

▼6%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 19%
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