A Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $39,681 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Graphic Designer Total Pay (?
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$29,335 - $57,439
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MEDIAN: $39,680
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Graphic Designer Total Pay (?
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$10.38 - $26.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,335 - $57,439  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,907  
Profit Sharing
$195.41 - $4,909  
Commission
$400.00 - $5,000  
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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$25,361 - $58,549  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,753
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.38 - $26.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.86  
Overtime
$14.22 - $34.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,907  
   
Commission
$400.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$195.41 - $4,909  
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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$25,361 - $58,549  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,753
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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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Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Graphic Designer?
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

Adobe InDesign
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$38,000
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Design
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 1957 votes.
Gender
Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
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
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 31%
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