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Graphic Design Specialist Salary

An average Graphic Design Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $26K, overall incomes of Graphic Design Specialists spread between $29K and $61K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Graphic Design Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,838 - $62,303
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,343
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90%

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$12.41 - $26.59
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,838 - $62,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,051 - $60,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $26.59  
   
Overtime
$18.69 - $37.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$29,051 - $60,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Art Director, where median compensation is $55K annually. When Graphic Design Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Graphic Designers or Graphic Design Managers. Those roles pay an additional $11K and $10K, respectively.

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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, Desktop Publishing, Illustration, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Acrobat, Windows Operating System General Use, and Flash. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled 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 Graphic Design Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Design Specialists make a median salary of $48K. 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 $49K.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 11%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 5%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

HTML
0%

Dreamweaver
0%

National Average
$41,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Macintosh
up arrow 3%


Flash
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%
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