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 per year. Final cash compensation to Junior Graphic Designers varies from around $25K to approximately $49K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $3K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Graphic Designers. There are more female Junior Graphic Designers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,278 - $48,544
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,818
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$10.19 - $22.96
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,278 - $48,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,035  
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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$24,971 - $49,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,006
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $22.96  
   
Overtime
$15.29 - $30.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,035  
   
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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$24,971 - $49,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 Junior Graphic Designers do not often become Creative Directors, the job pays $82K per year on average. Moving from a Junior Graphic Designer to Graphic Artist & Designer or Senior Graphic Designer is a more common career path, however.

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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 Powerpoint are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Junior Graphic Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Washington (+11 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average.

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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 15%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 8%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 3%

Powerpoint
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Illustration
0%

HTML
0%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
8%
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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