A Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $41,656 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$30,427 - $60,100
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$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,656
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$11.22 - $27.43
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,427 - $60,100  
   
Bonus
$302.37 - $5,077  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $7,725  
Commission
$507 - $7,149  
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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$27,102 - $60,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10,355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.22 - $27.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $6.87  
Overtime
$16.71 - $36.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$302.37 - $5,077  
   
Commission
$507 - $7,149  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $7,725  
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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$27,102 - $60,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,582

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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

  • 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.

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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: $40,025

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Graphic Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Graphic Designer?

Graphic Designer in Washington:
"Creativity in the Workplace."
Pros: I appreciate the opportunity to utilize my creative talents in a work environment.
Cons: I don't like that my skills are not used to their fullest potential. I also dislike that people don't seem to value my input.

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.

Graphic Designer in Lakeland:
"A Great Start."
Pros: It is a great job to gain experience. You learn something new all the time. The team is all friendly. The office is a great environment. The manager takes his staff out to celebrate accomplishments, Holidays, and more.
Cons: Micromanagement. Micromanagement. Micromanagement. The beginning of each month is known to designers as "Hell Week." There is not enough staff. Assignments change constantly, and nothing is set. So things learned go out the window. Some employee's do not "pull their weight."

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Key Stats for Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2382 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Graphic Designer Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries





Adobe InDesign
0%

Design
0%

Illustration
0%

Product Photography
0%

HTML
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National Average
$40,000







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2382 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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