Junior Graphic Designer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Junior Graphic Designers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $37K annually. Total incomes of Junior Graphic Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $50K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up the majority of Junior Graphic Designers (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although the greater part have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Junior Graphic Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,511 - $48,890
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,961
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$10.20 - $23.52
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,511 - $48,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,045  
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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$25,036 - $49,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,011
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $23.52  
   
Overtime
$15.28 - $30.76  
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 - $4,045  
   
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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$25,036 - $49,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 508
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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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There are some Junior Graphic Designers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Creative Directors, where earnings are an average $82K annually. A more common career path for Junior Graphic Designers is stepping into the role of Graphic Artist & Designer or Senior Graphic Designer.

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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 Powerpoint are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location


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

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 212 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
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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