Junior Graphic Designer Salary

Junior Graphic Designers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K annually. Total cash compensation to Junior Graphic Designers approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $50K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,056 - $49,706
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $37,498
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$10.26 - $24.06
(Median)
$10
$15
$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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,056 - $49,706  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,552  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,027  
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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$25,569 - $50,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,164
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
$10.26 - $24.06  
   
Overtime
$15.30 - $32.53  
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 - $4,552  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,027  
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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$25,569 - $50,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 550
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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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Junior Graphic Designers who advance into the role of a Creative Director are fairly uncommon. Creative Directors on average earn $82K per year. However, becoming a Graphic Artist & Designer or Graphic Designer is a more frequent transition for Junior Graphic Designers.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Survey takers working as Junior Graphic Designers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Product Photography. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,072

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Junior Graphic Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Junior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Baltimore and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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 13%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 3%

Powerpoint
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Graphic Design
0%

National Average
$36,000

Illustration
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Product Photography
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

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: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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