An Entry-Level Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $39,796 per year.

$29,757 - $54,497
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$54K
MEDIAN: $39,796
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$10.40 - $24.14
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MEDIAN: $15.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,757 - $54,497  
   
Bonus
$289.91 - $4,944  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $5,500  
Commission
$489.36 - $7,047  
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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$25,480 - $53,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $24.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $59.60  
Overtime
$15.59 - $33.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$289.91 - $4,944  
   
Commission
$489.36 - $7,047  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $5,500  
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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$25,480 - $53,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,322

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National Average: $37,648

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Graphic Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Graphic Designer in Denver:
"Be Strong."
People don't actually know what they need. Make an effort to give them solutions that will work and not just what they think they want.

Graphic Designer in Coppell:
"Be Proactive."
Learn everything and anything you can at work. Put you're ego aside and learn from anyone willing to give you advice. Take notes if possible and internalize what people try to teach you. The more you know, the more opportunities will arise for you to take on more responsibilities. That makes you a more valuable employee.

Graphic Designer in Durham:
"No work life balance."
Be sure to make it an urgent matter when it comes to your work life balance. Do not take "oh I told you it was a lot of work" excuse when you push back on your employer for either more pay or more time off (excluding PTO) if you are putting in 50+ hours a week.

Graphic Designer in East Killingly:
"Be involved."
Be involved, be a part of everything around you. Be aware of the design around you. Be active in design. Be part of public community, offer your creative services. To groups, non-profits, fund raising. Learn by gaining involvement through your creative offerings.

Graphic Designer in Cincinnati:
"Have patience, negotiate, and do not settle for less."
Probably the best advice I could offer designers in any of the various career paths they could take is to keep learning and keep developing. Seek knowledge and new ideas in your particular areas of interest. If you don't have a designer toolbox, start building one. If you do have one, continue building it. Build it with whatever you're into. Experiment and explore. Lastly, always keep your options open, never burn bridges, and always strive to do the best work you can do. Remember that people that know what you're into and what you do for a living will always seek your expertise, especially if you are good at what you do. Be professional, be versatile, try to always have a positive outlook on things, don't be naive, but know when to be, learn to negotiate, and never settle for less or do work for free. Oh, and have a nice ready portfolio (physical and digital), and a website. Adds that much more professionalism to your brand. If you don't have a brand, get one together ASAP.

Graphic Designer in St. Paul:
"Never stop learning or challenging yourself."
Pay attention to what specific fields the design industry is in demand of.

Graphic Designer in San Diego:
"Learn the lingo and jargon for an in-house position."
There was an incredible amount of technical and contextual lingo and jargon that I had to learn for my current in-house position. The art and design necessary to be the Graphic Designer was the same as anywhere else, but not knowing the lingo was a distraction. Looking back, I should have asked ahead of time for some sort of lexicon to help me transition a little easier. It's great now, feeling comfortable with the lingo and technical terms of this company.

Key Stats for Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1510 votes.
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Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries





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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1510 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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