Senior Graphic Designer Salary

Senior Graphic Designers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under three-fifths of Senior Graphic Designers. Pay fluctuates from $39K to $84K per year, but expected earnings average $55K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Graphic Designers runs from $39K to $84K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Graphic Designers (55 percent) survey respondents. Most Senior Graphic Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,183 - $79,962
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $55,279
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$15.39 - $50.68
(Median)
$15
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,183 - $79,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,801  
Profit Sharing
$494.05 - $5,195  
Commission
$1,179 - $10,174  
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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$39,433 - $84,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,962
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$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.39 - $50.68  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $56.34  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,801  
   
Commission
$1,179 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$494.05 - $5,195  
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).
)
$39,433 - $84,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 781
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Job Description for Senior Graphic Designer

A senior graphic designer is someone who acts as leader for a group of lower-level graphic designers. This design group may be a specific team of people who work under a larger company, or they can be an independently contracted team that an individual or business may hire for graphic design work. It is the senior graphic designer's responsibility to conduct his or her graphic team and to make sure that they are putting their skills together to create truly effective designs for the company they are working for. A senior graphic designer must be familiar with a variety of different artistic mediums, especially ones that are related to computer technology. They should be very knowledgeable and familiar with Adobe's Creative Suite, especially with programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. These computer programs, along with similar ones, are essential in the modern graphic design market.

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Senior Graphic Designer Tasks

  • May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects but is often created by computer technology.
  • May lead team of lower level graphic designers.
  • Design or create artwork to meet specific marketing or promotional needs.

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Senior Graphic Designers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Creative Director of Advertising. The average Creative Director of Advertising brings home $90K per year. A Senior Graphic Designer often moves on to become an Art Director or a Creative Director.

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Popular Skills for Senior Graphic Designer


Survey takers working as Senior Graphic Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Design, Project Management, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Desktop Publishing. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Graphic Designer

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


Senior Graphic Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $50K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $55K. On average, Senior Graphic Designers make $58K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Graphic Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 44 percent greater than the national average. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Cincinnati ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Employers in Dallas and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Design
0%

National Average
$55,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Macintosh
up arrow 3%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 3%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 976 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%
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