Junior Graphic Designer Salary

Junior Graphic Designers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K per year. Cash earnings for Junior Graphic Designers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $26K to approximately $50K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Graphic Designers. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,056 - $49,706
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $37,498
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$10.26 - $24.06
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,056 - $49,706  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,552  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,027  
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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$25,569 - $50,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $24.06  
   
Overtime
$15.30 - $32.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,552  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,027  
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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$25,569 - $50,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 550
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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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Junior Graphic Designers who advance into the role of a Creative Director are fairly uncommon. Creative Directors on average earn $82K per year. It is more probable, however, that Junior Graphic Designers become Graphic Artists & Designers or Graphic Designers.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Acrobat, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Photography. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,072

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Junior Graphic Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Houston (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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 13%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 3%

Powerpoint
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Graphic Design
0%

National Average
$36,000

Illustration
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Product Photography
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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