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Junior Graphic Designer Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, close to nine-tenths of Junior Graphic Designers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $36K annually. In the world of Junior Graphic Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $49K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $3K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. Women make up the majority of Junior Graphic Designers (65 percent). Most Junior Graphic Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Junior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$26,869 - $47,887
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MEDIAN: $35,657
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Junior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$10.14 - $22.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,869 - $47,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,407  
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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$24,498 - $48,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 842
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $22.56  
   
Overtime
$15.22 - $30.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,407  
   
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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$24,498 - $48,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 473
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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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While Junior Graphic Designers do not often become Creative Directors, the job usually pays $81K per year. Junior Graphic Designers most often move into positions as Graphic Artists & Designers or Senior Graphic Designers; those groups report median salaries that are $1K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer

Junior Graphic Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Design, Web Design, Graphic Design, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Junior Graphic Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Washington, Houston, and Boston, where Junior Graphic Designers annually earn 15 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent more than the national average. Baltimore is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Junior Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Junior Graphic Designer?
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
$34,000

Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Design
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Web Design
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Illustration
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HTML
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Adobe After Effects
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

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: 68% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 30%