Entry-Level Graphic Designer Salary

An Entry-Level Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $38,619 per year.

$29,084 - $52,717
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,618
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$10.10 - $24.02
(Median)
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$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,084 - $52,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,581  
Profit Sharing
$243.53 - $5,128  
Commission
$484.79 - $5,152  
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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$24,746 - $52,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $24.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.13  
Overtime
$14.78 - $32.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,581  
   
Commission
$484.79 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$243.53 - $5,128  
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).
)
$24,746 - $52,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,042
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,141

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Graphic Designer Advice

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

Graphic Designer in Carmel:
"Entry Level."
A lot of last minute work. Don't get to be super creative and bring your ideas to the table.

Graphic Designer in Atlanta:
"Always keep your portfolio up to date."
Learn new software, network and keep your portfolio up to date.

Graphic Designer in Santa Barbara:
"Do the work."
Design is work. Graphic design and the creative, applied arts can look simple and easy—glamorous, all fun and games—but it requires discipline and study like any other line of work. Embrace failure, keep at it, keep learning and keep doing.

Graphic Designer in Boca Raton:
"Practice makes perfect."
Work hard, pay attention to detail and be consistent. Keep learning new programs and practice makes perfect.

Graphic Designer in Los Angeles:
"Continue to update your skills."
It is very important to stay up to date on computer software. The Adobe programs are constantly being updated and it's vital that you continue to learn on the job and stay current with what the programs can do. It will help you to stay competitive and to compete with new graduates who are coming out of school with this knowledge.

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Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries


Web Design
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Product Photography
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Adobe InDesign
0%

HTML
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Design
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Adobe Acrobat
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Illustration
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Dreamweaver
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Graphic Design
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Adobe PDF
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1973 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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