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Graphic Design Specialist Salary (United States)

An average Graphic Design Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K annually. Total cash compensation for Graphic Design Specialists runs from $29K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $26K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Graphic Design Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Graphic Design Specialist Salary (?
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$29,465 - $61,041
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MEDIAN: $42,184
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Graphic Design Specialist Salary (?
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$12.36 - $27.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,465 - $61,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $25,644  
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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$28,697 - $61,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $27.36  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $38.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
   
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $25,644  
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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$28,697 - $61,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Graphic Design Specialists who advance to upper-end positions like Art Director. Median pay for Art Directors is $54K 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

Survey results imply that Graphic Design Specialists deploy 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Acrobat, Windows Operating System General Use, 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.
Graphic Design Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Graphic Design Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Graphic Design Specialists, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Design Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+11 percent) and Chicago (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

QuarkXPress
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Desktop Publishing
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Illustration
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Design
0%
National Average
$41,000
Graphic Design
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Dreamweaver
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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Macintosh
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HTML
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Flash
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%