Entry-Level Graphic Designer Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $37,017 per year.
Entry-Level Graphic Designer Total Pay (?
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$28,422 - $51,075
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $37,016
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Entry-Level Graphic Designer Total Pay (?
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$9.98 - $22.63
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,422 - $51,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
Profit Sharing
$292.77 - $4,045  
Commission
$491.32 - $4,958  
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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$24,304 - $51,176  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,930
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $22.63  
   
Overtime
$13.94 - $31.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $4,958  
Profit Sharing
$292.77 - $4,045  
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).
)
$24,304 - $51,176  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,930
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Graphic Designer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Graphic Designer in Raleigh:
"Graphic Design Advice."
Intern, volunteer, freelance. Learn as much as possible. Attend graphic design events.
Graphic Designer in Dallas:
"You Really, Really, Really Have To Love What You Do."
If you like it, don't be a graphic designer. If you madly be in love with it, be a graphic designer.
Graphic Designer in Baltimore:
"Never Take It Personally But ALWAYS Accept Criticism!"
Do not become attached to the things you design for anyone other than yourself. Your responsibility is to problem solve, make messaging clear and easy to read. If your design does those things and your client wants to muddy it up, explain why you made your design decisions, and explain why their changes may not work. If they still want the changes after that, make the changes they want, but find the time to make an alternate version of their change request that does the job more successfully. Generally, if you are thoughtfully designing, they will eventually see your point. Also, if they still just want it their way: do an informal poll of other folks to determine which communicates the message most coherently.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Graphic Designer Salaries

Flash
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Web Design
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Project Management
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Adobe InDesign
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HTML
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National Average
$35,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Graphic Design
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Design
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Adobe PDF
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Illustration
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Dreamweaver
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Web Development
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Adobe Acrobat
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QuarkXPress
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Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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