Junior Graphic Designers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K per year on average. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the greater part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Female Junior Graphic Designers make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Most Junior Graphic Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,736 - $50,535
$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,591
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$10.73 - $24.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,736 - $50,535  
   
Bonus
$491.00 - $4,460  
Profit Sharing
$1,024  
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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$26,212 - $51,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 844
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $24.23  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $35.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$491.00 - $4,460  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,024  
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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$26,212 - $51,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 470

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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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Though some Junior Graphic Designers move into positions like Creative Director (where the average salary is $83K), this progression is not the norm. As Junior Graphic Designers progress in their field, many go on to become Graphic Artists & Designers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $36K. Another common career choice for Junior Graphic Designers is to move into a Graphic Designer role — this promotion usually pays $39K.

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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, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Product Photography. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also know 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.


Junior Graphic Designers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During the first five years of their careers, Junior Graphic Designers see a median income of $37K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $40K. On average, Junior Graphic Designers make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

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-7%

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National Average: $36,883

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For those looking to make money, Junior Graphic Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+28 percent), New York (+14 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Junior Graphic Designers in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (7 percent lower) and Portland (4 percent lower).

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
79%
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
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National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
up arrow 19%

User Interface Design
up arrow 10%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 5%

up arrow 2%



up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Graphic Design
0%

National Average
$37,000



Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Product Photography
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
79%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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