Senior Graphic Designer Salary

The majority of Senior Graphic Designers in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $40K to $86K per year, and the median is $56K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K each, total incomes of Senior Graphic Designers generally range from $40K to $86K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Senior Graphic Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Senior Graphic Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.

$40,706 - $80,788
(Median)
$41K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $56,319
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$15.77 - $54.66
(Median)
$16
$25
$55
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,706 - $80,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,079  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $7,073  
Commission
$3,750  
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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$40,057 - $85,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.77 - $54.66  
   
Overtime
$21.25 - $57.34  
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 - $7,079  
   
Commission
$3,750  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $7,073  
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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$40,057 - $85,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 850
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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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It's not very common for Senior Graphic Designers to move on to become Associate Directors of Creative Services. Average pay for an Associate Director of Creative Services is $90K annually. More often than not, an Art Director role is the next step for Senior Graphic Designers moving up in the field. Pay for Art Directors is usually $55K. Many Senior Graphic Designers choose to take on a Creative Director role instead, where salaries are typically $82K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Graphic Designer


Senior Graphic Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Desktop Publishing and HTML. The majority of those who know 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,601

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Graphic Designers, 44 percent above the national average. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Dallas and San Diego earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 6 percent.

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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$57,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
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Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Web Design
up arrow 2%

Illustration
up arrow 2%

Macintosh
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 915 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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