Graphic Design Specialist Salary

For Graphic Design Specialists, annual average wages total $46K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Graphic Design Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Graphic Design Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,516 - $66,379
$32K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,049
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$13.37 - $29.87
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MEDIAN: $19.72
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,516 - $66,379  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $7,340  
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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$30,537 - $67,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $29.87  
   
Overtime
$19.91 - $39.45  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$154.56 - $7,340  
   
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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$30,537 - $67,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Graphic Design Specialists sometimes become Art Directors, where the average income is $56K per year. When Graphic Design Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Graphic Designers or Graphic Design Managers. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, Desktop Publishing, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Flash, Dreamweaver, and Illustration. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Design Specialists make a median salary of $50K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,712

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Design Specialists, 57 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Design Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+16 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Washington (+2 percent). Graphic Design Specialists in Cincinnati take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Phoenix (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Specialist

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

▲27%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$45,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries


▲8%





▲5%


▲3%


Adobe Photoshop
▼0%

National Average
$45,000


▼4%

▼6%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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