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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. Total cash earnings of Junior Graphic Designers range from $25K on the low end to $49K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $3K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Junior Graphic Designers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Although a majority have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Graphic Designers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$27,553 - $48,049
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MEDIAN: $36,080
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$10.14 - $22.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,553 - $48,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,480  
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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$24,873 - $48,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 899
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $22.40  
   
Overtime
$15.31 - $30.38  
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 - $4,480  
   
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).
)
$24,873 - $48,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 464
United States (change)

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 $81K per year. However, becoming a Graphic Artist & Designer or Senior Graphic Designer is a more frequent transition for Junior Graphic Designers.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Survey results show that Junior Graphic Designers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Design, Web Design, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Junior Graphic Designers, 24 percent above the national average. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Portland (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Austin (+11 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Baltimore (13 percent less) and San Diego (9 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 17%

Design
up arrow 5%

Web Design
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 246 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: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 30%