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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 $36K per year. Cash earnings for Junior Graphic Designers — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $49K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and half have dental, too. Women make up the majority of Junior Graphic Designers (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most Junior Graphic Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,895 - $48,385
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,411
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$10.20 - $22.60
(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
$27,895 - $48,385  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,375  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $2,073  
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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$24,927 - $48,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 940
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $22.60  
   
Overtime
$15.27 - $30.71  
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 - $4,375  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $2,073  
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).
)
$24,927 - $48,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 491

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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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Junior Graphic Designers do not often transition into Creative Director roles. The role averages $82K per year. A more likely transition for Junior Graphic Designers is Graphic Artist & Designer or Senior Graphic Designer.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Adobe After Effects, Web Design, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Acrobat. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Junior Graphic Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Austin (+12 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (9 percent less) and San Diego (1 percent less).

Junior Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Junior Graphic Designer?

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
$35,000


Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

User Interface Design
up arrow 16%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Illustration
0%

HTML
0%

National Average
$35,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

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: 69% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 30%