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Graphic Designer Salary (United States)

A Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $40,239 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$29,610 - $58,705
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,238
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Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$10.61 - $27.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,610 - $58,705  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,033  
Profit Sharing
$292.23 - $4,949  
Commission
$300.00 - $5,120  
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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$25,844 - $59,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.61 - $27.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.86  
Overtime
$14.90 - $34.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,033  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $5,120  
Profit Sharing
$292.23 - $4,949  
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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$25,844 - $59,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,623
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Job Description for Graphic Designer

Graphic designers use color, illustrations, fonts, and layout to visually communicate a message or present a product. They design logos, product packaging, print materials, and websites, among many other things. Graphic designers are found in a variety of industries and in different capacities. For instance, a designer might be employed as in-house staff for a company to work on promotional materials for the organization, or a designer might work for a design agency with many clients and projects. Newspapers, advertising firms, technology-oriented companies, and other organizations commonly employ designers. Additionally, many graphic designers are self-employed, working as independent contractors on a per-project basis.
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Graphic Designer 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.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Graphic Designer?
Graphic Designer in San Luis Obispo:
"Satisfying work material, unsatisfying pay."
Pros: The amount of creativity allowed to explore on a daily basis. Corporate culture.
Cons: Not financially recognized for my merits, hourly pay instead of salary, not paid enough, not given enough freedom to establish my own projects and manage myself. Office conditions.
Graphic Designer in Essex Junction:
"Graphic Designing With A Plethora Of Other Responsibilities."
Pros: I am able to work as an artist and help others create fabulous clothes for customers.
Cons: Although I work in something close to my preferred field, the technology I am asked to use is outdated and frustratingly slow. Also, my time spent on art is often pushed to the side when customers need help or when staff runs low and I am asked to do jobs that I was not hired to do.
Graphic Designer in Spokane:
"Stimulating."
Pros: I like that I get to pursue different types of projects when they arise, not only graphic design specific.
Cons: Compensation, management decisions.
Graphic Designer in Norwalk:
"Tiring, Mostly Non-creative."
Pros: Variety and when I get to do something creative.
Cons: Poor management, confusing hierarchy, I don't like sitting in front of the computer. Deadlines are ridiculous and disorganized.

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Experience Affects Graphic Designer Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries

Project Management
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Flash
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Web Design
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Web Development
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Adobe InDesign
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$38,000
Design
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Adobe Acrobat
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HTML
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Dreamweaver
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Graphic Design
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Adobe PDF
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Illustration
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 2539 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 30%