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Junior Graphic Designer Salary

Junior Graphic Designers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K per year. In the world of Junior Graphic Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $2K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $49K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Junior Graphic Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Most Junior Graphic Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,097 - $48,378
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,520
10%
50%
90%

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$10.19 - $22.71
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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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
$28,097 - $48,378  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,069  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $2,081  
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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$24,923 - $48,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 975
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
$10.19 - $22.71  
   
Overtime
$15.23 - $30.68  
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 - $4,069  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $2,081  
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).
)
$24,923 - $48,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 502

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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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While not commonly seen, Junior Graphic Designers who transition into a Creative Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Creative Directors is $82K per year. However, it's more common for Junior Graphic Designers to move into roles as Graphic Artists & Designers or Senior Graphic Designers.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Junior Graphic Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Adobe After Effects, Design, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Acrobat. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Junior Graphic Designers that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Austin (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Baltimore.

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
$35,000


Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

User Interface Design
up arrow 15%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 10%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Illustration
0%

National Average
$35,000

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 239 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: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 29%
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