Graphic Design Specialist Salary

Graphic Design Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $42K per year. Total cash earnings of Graphic Design Specialists range from $29K on the low end to $61K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $26K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Women Graphic Design Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,876 - $62,297
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,357
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$12.29 - $26.62
(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
$29,876 - $62,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
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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$29,181 - $60,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $26.62  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $37.01  
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 - $5,048  
   
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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$29,181 - $60,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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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. Graphic Design Specialists most often move into positions as Senior Graphic Designers or Graphic Design Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $10K higher, 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, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 10%


Desktop Publishing
up arrow 5%

Design
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Dreamweaver
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National Average
$41,000

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 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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