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Entry-Level Graphic Designer Salary

An Entry-Level Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $37,960 per year.

$28,861 - $51,658
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,960
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$10.06 - $23.25
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,861 - $51,658  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
Profit Sharing
$244.27 - $4,122  
Commission
$51.52 - $13,962  
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).
)
$24,614 - $51,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,167
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $23.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.03 - $9.11  
Overtime
$14.53 - $31.44  
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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
   
Commission
$51.52 - $13,962  
Profit Sharing
$244.27 - $4,122  
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).
)
$24,614 - $51,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,351

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Graphic Designer Advice

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

Graphic Designer in Durham:
"Be Flexible."
In the working world it is extremely important to be able to change and adapt at a moments notice to the needs of the client.

Graphic Designer in Manteca:
"Not Fair Market Value Compensation."
As a new Graphic Designer employee, you will be paid under market value.

Graphic Designer in Boston:
"Advise from long-time experience at one job."
Keep organized and focus on the details. Try to make your project the best it can be even if the customer isn't fussy. Customers appreciate the extra effort and you making suggestions about how their project can be improved. Learn to multi-task but be able to realize when you need to concentrate on one think more than the other. Always double check your final product.

Graphic Designer in Gas City:
"Start In College."
Many employers expect experience to get a job. Especially in the design world. Graphic designers are on every top ten of the worst paying jobs you need a degree to get. The best thing you can do is to become an intern during college and even get some freelance under your belt to boost your portfolio.

Graphic Designer in Solvang:
"You Never Stop Learning."
Graphic Design is subjective and each job must be tailored to the needs of the client while also following the rules of graphic design. Graphic design is the type of job that is constantly changing - software upgrades and changes, changing trends in design, and changing needs of clients, along with your own changing skill level - make for an atmosphere that requires constant learning if you want to remain relevant. The graphic design field encompasses so much - web design, print design, retail design, books, logos, ads, etc - that you need to find what your specialty is and develop that specialty. I won't hire someone with a resume that has paragraphs of every program and skill that they say the are good at. I don't believe it. My field of expertise is design for print and layout, and photography. I'm not a web designer. Find what you're good at and develop that.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Graphic Designer Salaries


Web Design
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Adobe InDesign
0%

Project Management
0%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

Web Development
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1625 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 33%