Graphic Designer Salary

A Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $40,473 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$29,738 - $58,798
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,472
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$10.75 - $28.48
(Median)
$11
$16
$28
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,738 - $58,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,450  
Profit Sharing
$248.07 - $4,992  
Commission
$370.95 - $8,144  
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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$26,076 - $59,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,843
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $28.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $12.33  
Overtime
$15.03 - $35.10  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,450  
   
Commission
$370.95 - $8,144  
Profit Sharing
$248.07 - $4,992  
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).
)
$26,076 - $59,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,298
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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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What is it like working as a Graphic Designer?

Graphic Designer in Birmingham:
"Flexibility, Creative Control."
Pros: As the sole graphic designer, I often am developing ideas, logos, and layouts from scratch, and I enjoy having creative control over projects, as well as setting the standards moving forward. I also have a flex schedule so I can work when I'm most productive and creative.
Cons: Working in a vacuum can be difficult, and I don't have other creatives around to challenge, inspire, and teach me new things. Conversely, I don't have anyone to challenge, inspire, or teach.

Graphic Designer in Chicago:
"Graphic Designer/ Illustrator."
Pros: In the right atmosphere/ with the right people work is: fun and rewarding, You are always growing, always gaining more knowledge.
Cons: It can be very hard to find a good employer or really any work at all. Design and Illustration is very subjective. It is the first thing that gets cut from a company. Many people don't understand design and illustration -- your friends and family will have many misconceptions about what you do. Many times a marketing department is not treated fairly and you are over worked, under paid.

Graphic Designer in Livonia:
"Busy, deadlines, diverse and creative."
Pros: I like the ability to be creative and to find the right product for the right person.
Cons: Dealing with disorganized people.

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.

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Experience Affects Graphic Designer Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries

Web Design
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Project Management
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Web Development
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
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National Average
$39,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
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Illustration
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QuarkXPress
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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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HTML
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Dreamweaver
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Product Photography
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2845 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%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 31%
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