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 $39K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Junior Graphic Designers making up 73 percent. The majority of Junior Graphic Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,729 - $50,780
$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,767
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$10.74 - $24.47
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MEDIAN: $15.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,729 - $50,780  
   
Bonus
$489.65 - $4,460  
Profit Sharing
$1,140  
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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$26,486 - $51,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 811
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.74 - $24.47  
   
Overtime
$15.97 - $35.28  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$489.65 - $4,460  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,140  
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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$26,486 - $51,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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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

  • Create and assemble images and graphics to produce designs for websites, print media, product design, displays and productions.
  • Direct marketing design projects, collaborating with multiple departments.
  • Design and develop product brand identity.

Common Career Paths for Junior Graphic Designer


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Junior Graphic Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Creative Director. The latter position pays an average of $83K annually. As Junior Graphic Designers progress in their field, many go on to become Graphic Designers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $40K per year. Another common career choice for Junior Graphic Designers is to move into a Graphic Artist & Designer role. Typically, Graphic Artists & Designers get paid $36K.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Junior Graphic Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Portable Document Format, User Interface Design, Social Media Marketing, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Product Photography. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Graphic Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Junior Graphic Designers. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $37K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $41K. For Junior Graphic Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Junior Graphic Designers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,033

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

For Junior Graphic Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Junior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), New York (+15 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (4 percent less) and Atlanta (3 percent less).

Junior Graphic Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Junior Graphic Designer?

Junior Graphic Designer in Las Vegas:
`"$Hard work."`
Pros: I get to make great designs. I get to learn a bunch of new skills. I have great co-workers. I get to work from home.
Cons: I have too much work. Company is understaffed and keeps getting smaller.

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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Key Stats for Junior Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Late-Career
▲55%

▲32%

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
▲19%

User Interface Design
▲10%

Social Media Marketing
▲8%



▲4%

▲3%

▲3%


Adobe Photoshop
▼0%

Graphic Design
▼0%

National Average
$37,000


▼1%

Product Photography
▼3%

Microsoft Office
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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