Pay for Graphic Design Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Graphic Design Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,433 - $67,203
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$67K
MEDIAN: $44,871
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$13.42 - $29.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,433 - $67,203  
   
Bonus
$202.26 - $6,250  
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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$30,588 - $67,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.42 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$19.95 - $39.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$202.26 - $6,250  
   
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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$30,588 - $67,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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

  • 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


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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

National Average: $43,715

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Graphic Design Specialist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries


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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$44,000



Dreamweaver
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Flash
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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