Graphic Design Specialist Salary

Graphic Design Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $42K annually. Total cash compensation to Graphic Design Specialists bottoms out near $29K and approaches $61K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $26K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Design Specialists (55 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,804 - $62,292
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,990
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90%

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$12.41 - $26.59
(Median)
$12
$17
$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
$29,804 - $62,292  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
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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$29,017 - $60,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $26.59  
   
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
   
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).
)
$29,017 - $60,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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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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At the upper end, Graphic Design Specialists who move into an Art Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Art Directors is a much higher $55K per year. Graphic Design Specialists typically move into roles as Senior Graphic Designers or Graphic Design Managers, and those positions pay $11K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Specialist


Graphic Design Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Desktop Publishing, Dreamweaver, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Acrobat, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are 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 many Graphic Design Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $44K. Graphic Design Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 11%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 6%

Dreamweaver
0%

National Average
$41,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Illustration
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Macintosh
up arrow 4%


Flash
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
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%