Junior Graphic Designer Salary (United States)

With about nine-tenths of Junior Graphic Designers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $34,405 per year. Compensation ranges from $24,498 on the low end to $48,501 per year on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not claimed by all—about a third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Junior Graphic Designers (65 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Graphic Designers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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Though not the most common occurrence, Junior Graphic Designers who become Creative Directors earn an extra $46K per year. 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 diverse set of skills 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. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Junior Graphic Designers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (-9 percent) and Atlanta (-2 percent).

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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 262 votes.

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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