Junior Graphic Designer Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Junior Graphic Designers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $37K annually. In the world of Junior Graphic Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $50K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $3K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Junior Graphic Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Junior Graphic Designers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,556 - $48,955

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$10.21 - $23.84

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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,556 - $48,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,064  
Profit Sharing
$187.50 - $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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$25,045 - $49,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,009
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $23.84  
   
Overtime
$15.17 - $30.56  
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 - $4,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$187.50 - $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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$25,045 - $49,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 511
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Job Description for Junior Graphic Designer

A junior graphic designer is typically an employee found in art departments or working as part of a creative team. This is typically the first step for a person seeking to work within this particular field. The junior designer may find that he or she is assigned to work as part of a design team that reports to a manager or senior designer in the department. The junior designer will typically be given fairly rudimentary and routine assignments at first, with more creative freedom granted after experience is gained.

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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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While not commonly seen, Junior Graphic Designers who transition into a Creative Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Creative Directors is $82K per year. However, it's more common for Junior Graphic Designers to move into roles as Graphic Artists & Designers or Senior Graphic Designers.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Acrobat, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Junior Graphic Designers, 26 percent above the national average. Junior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average.

Junior Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Junior Graphic Designer?

Junior Graphic Designer in Portland:
"Flexible, fun, easy, challenging."
Pros: Loved the office environment, the latte making and the music. The ability to be in control of the creativity and just having fun while creating memorable artwork. Coworkers were great! Boss was the best.
Cons: Working 8-5 was boring.

Junior Graphic Designer in Seattle:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Fun and the people I work with. Also like to see my designs on apparel and accessories.
Cons: Unpaid holidays, varying work week, not a ton of collaborating.

Junior Graphic Designer in Louisville:
"Competitive Corporate Culture."
Pros: Surrounded by experts in their fields; employee events; awesome environment; endless learning opportunities; high-stress; projects/tasks are challenging and fun.
Cons: Lack of opportunity for growth; transparency from management/HR leaves much to be desired; high-stress; unrealistic expectations of deadlines.

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
$36,000


Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

User Interface Design
up arrow 14%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 8%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 5%

Design
up arrow 3%

Powerpoint
up arrow 3%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

HTML
0%

National Average
$36,000

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%
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