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Graphic Design Specialist Salary

An average Graphic Design Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Graphic Design Specialists can bottom out near $29K or peak near $61K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Graphic Design Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Design Specialists (55 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,830 - $61,965
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,297
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50%
90%

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$12.42 - $26.57
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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
$29,830 - $61,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,038  
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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$29,045 - $60,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $26.57  
   
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,038  
   
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).
)
$29,045 - $60,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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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 who transition into an Art Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. It is quite typical for Graphic Design Specialists to transition into roles as Senior Graphic Designers or Graphic Design Managers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $10K higher per year.

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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 QuarkXPress, Desktop Publishing, Design, and Illustration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Acrobat, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know 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.


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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. Graphic Design Specialists bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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%

Design
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
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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