Graphic Designer Salary

A Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $40,666 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$29,867 - $59,211
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,666
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90%

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$10.79 - $28.58
(Median)
$11
$16
$29
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,867 - $59,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,982  
Profit Sharing
$251.98 - $5,159  
Commission
$481.77 - $7,213  
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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$26,284 - $60,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12,483
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $28.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $12.88  
Overtime
$15.27 - $35.87  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,982  
   
Commission
$481.77 - $7,213  
Profit Sharing
$251.98 - $5,159  
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).
)
$26,284 - $60,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8,023
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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 by Experience Level for Graphic Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,121

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Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Graphic Designer?

Graphic Designer in Columbus:
"In the Life of a Graphic Designer."
Pros: Teamwork and management can be good sometimes if we are all the same level. Communication is key.
Cons: Stress and sometimes the clients are unsatisfied with their end result.

Graphic Designer in Ottsville:
"Graphic Designer Stuck In A Small Town."
Pros: Flexible hours, relaxed environment, occasional company outings.
Cons: They have me working three jobs for the pay of one. Limited promotion opportunities.

Graphic Designer in Atlanta:
"It's always a good learning experience."
Pros: I like creating something everyday. I enjoy the feeling of being proud of my work.
Cons: I'm not doing any creative thinking. Just doing what people tell me.

Graphic Designer in Nashville:
"Exciting work, not enough money."
Pros: Working on some exciting project for national brands with a great team of co-workers.
Cons: Getting paid less that others in the local industry even though I have more experience. Not feeling valued by upper management.

Graphic Designer in Los Angeles:
"Comfortable and Inspiring."
Pros: Creating designs to inspire people to use alternative modes of transportation such as subways, bikes, walking, trains in southern California.
Cons: Not much.

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Experience Affects Graphic Designer Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

National Average
$39,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Product Photography
up arrow 1%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3395 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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