Junior Graphic Designer Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, nearly 100 percent of Junior Graphic Designers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $34,405 per year. Pay generally spreads from $24,498 to $48,501 per year. Overall cash earnings for Junior Graphic Designers stretch from $26,869 on the lower end to $47,887 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $4,407 from bonuses and $3,000 from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While around one third report receiving no health benefits, 68 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Women account for the majority of Junior Graphic Designers—65 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Junior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$26,869 - $47,887
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MEDIAN: $35,657
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Junior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$10.14 - $22.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,869 - $47,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,407  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $3,000  
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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$24,498 - $48,501  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 842
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $22.56  
   
Overtime
$15.22 - $30.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,407  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $3,000  
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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$24,498 - $48,501  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 473
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Job Description for Junior Graphic Designer

A junior graphic design will contribute to and work with senior graphic designers to brainstorm ideas and bring these ideas to fruition. Work sometimes includes client meetings or presentations of advertising or marketing campaigns. Additionally, junior graphic designers can work for newspaper other types of publishers to create compelling, coherent text and design for print advertisements. Design possibilities range from brochures, flyers, and presentation boards to signage, billboards, and much more.
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Junior 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.

Common Career Paths for Junior Graphic Designer

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There are some Junior Graphic Designers—though it's uncommon—that transition into Creative Directors, where earnings can rise by $46K annually. A typical promotion for Junior Graphic Designers is becoming Graphic Designers or Senior Graphic Designers, where they can expect an extra $1,070 or $17,429 per year.

Junior Graphic Designer Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer

Junior Graphic Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Web Design, Graphic Design, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Junior Graphic Designers, 23 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Washington, Houston, and Boston, top-paying markets where Junior Graphic Designers rake in more than the national norm (+15 percent, +13 percent, +8 percent, and +7 percent). Baltimore is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-9 percent and -2 percent, respectively).

Junior Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Junior Graphic Designer?
Junior Graphic Designer in Philadelphia:
"More Money."
Pros: The couple of girls on my team and some people here make it bearable.
Cons: No bonuses, no appreciation, no room for growth, extremely tight and unrealistic deadlines.
Junior Graphic Designer in New York:
"My Experience."
Pros: I like the fact that I have grown since I started.
Cons: It's creatively stifling. I am not able to be as creative as I want to be.

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Experience Affects Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Design
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Web Design
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
77%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 30%
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