Senior Graphic Designer Salary

Senior Graphic Designers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $55K per year on average but can range from $40K to $84K per year. Incomes of Senior Graphic Designers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $7K cause paychecks to spread between $40K on the low end and $84K on the high end. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part.

$40,197 - $80,174

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$15.46 - $50.54

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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,197 - $80,174  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,752  
Profit Sharing
$490.35 - $6,787  
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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$39,513 - $84,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,961
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $50.54  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $55.83  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,752  
   
Commission
$1,179 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$490.35 - $6,787  
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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$39,513 - $84,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 781
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Job Description for Senior Graphic Designer

Teams that create drawings, backgrounds, lettering, or other original graphics for commercial purposes work in graphic design. A senior graphic designer is often the leader of such teams, and he or she may have one or more junior graphic designers and other support personnel working with him or her. The senior graphic designer typically will be the member of the team who receives the various jobs to be performed and works out the parameters, requirements, and scope of the design. While the designer will normally perform much of this work, he or she will also delegate graphic work to other junior graphic designers on the team, typically suggesting edits to work and giving final approval before their work is submitted.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Graphic Designer


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Senior Graphic Designers may progress into high-paying roles like Creative Director of Advertising, where median compensation is $90K annually. An Art Director or a Creative Director is a typical transition from a Senior Graphic Designer role.

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Popular Skills for Senior Graphic Designer


Survey results imply that Senior Graphic Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Design, Adobe Illustrator, Web Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Desktop Publishing and HTML. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Graphic Designer

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


For Senior Graphic Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Graphic Designers make a median salary of $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Senior Graphic Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Denver (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

National Average
$56,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Design
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Web Design
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Microsoft Office
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Project Management
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Graphic Design
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Illustration
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Microsoft Word
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Macintosh
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Adobe Acrobat
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HTML
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Dreamweaver
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Desktop Publishing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 947 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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