Junior Graphic Designers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Junior Graphic Designers spread between $26K and $51K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Junior Graphic Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Junior Graphic Designers survey respondents are women (73 percent). Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,639 - $50,551
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$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,512
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$10.43 - $24.03
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$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,639 - $50,551  
   
Bonus
$483.09 - $4,075  
Profit Sharing
$75.50 - $8,940  
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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$26,011 - $51,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 856
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.43 - $24.03  
   
Overtime
$15.11 - $35.28  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$483.09 - $4,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$75.50 - $8,940  
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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$26,011 - $51,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 466
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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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It's not very common for Junior Graphic Designers to move on to become Creative Directors. Average pay for a Creative Director is $83K annually. Given that the median pay is $36K, it may be surprising to find that a Graphic Artist & Designer is the most common role for Junior Graphic Designers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Graphic Designer role — which pays $39K — is also typical for Junior Graphic Designers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Junior Graphic Designer


Junior Graphic Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Adobe Portable Document Format, User Interface Design, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Acrobat are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Product Photography. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Graphic Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Junior Graphic Designers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. For Junior Graphic Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $57K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,907

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

For those looking to make money, Junior Graphic Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Junior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. On the whole, employers pay 2 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Denver and Portland.

Junior Graphic Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Junior Graphic Designer?

Junior Graphic Designer in Las Vegas:
"Hard work."
Pros: I get to make great designs. I get to learn a bunch of new skills. I have great co-workers. I get to work from home.
Cons: I have too much work. Company is understaffed and keeps getting smaller.

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.

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Experience Affects Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%




National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
up arrow 19%

User Interface Design
up arrow 10%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 5%

Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
0%

HTML
0%

National Average
$37,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Product Photography
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
79%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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