Graphic Design Specialist Salary

Earnings for Graphic Design Specialists in the United States come in at around $43K annually on average. Cash earnings for Graphic Design Specialists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $26K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $62K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Graphic Design Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Design Specialists (54 percent) survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,000 - $64,080
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,837
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$12.50 - $25.98
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,000 - $64,080  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,123  
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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$29,423 - $61,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $25.98  
   
Overtime
$19.69 - $37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,123  
   
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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$29,423 - $61,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Graphic Design Specialists move into roles as Art Directors, where pay is an average $55K 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, Design, Illustration, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Flash. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to 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 $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Graphic Design Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,754

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Surpassing the national average by 57 percent, Graphic Design Specialists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Graphic Design Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+27 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Indianapolis (+14 percent). Graphic Design Specialists in Cincinnati make 26 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 8%

up arrow 7%


up arrow 5%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 3%

Dreamweaver
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National Average
$42,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Macintosh
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%


Flash
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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