Senior Graphic Designer Salary

Senior Graphic Designers in the United States earn an average of $59K annually, and top pay can be found in San Francisco, where the average is $89K. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$42,085 - $82,108
$42K
$59K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,926
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90%

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$15.78 - $52.27
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$52
MEDIAN: $24.71
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90%

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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
$42,085 - $82,108  
   
Bonus
$776 - $8,104  
Profit Sharing
$332.70 - $7,177  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$40,832 - $85,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,079
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $52.27  
   
Overtime
$21.57 - $55.50  
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
$776 - $8,104  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$332.70 - $7,177  
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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$40,832 - $85,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 568

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Graphic Designer


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Senior Graphic Designers do not often transition into Associate Director of Creative Services roles. The role averages $91K per year. An Art Director role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Graphic Designers. Paychecks for that role are $56K on average. The Creative Director position is another common transition for Senior Graphic Designers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $83K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Graphic Designer


Employees at CBRE Group take home the smallest paychecks, and $61K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $50K and quickly nearing the top at only $74K.

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 Macintosh, Web Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dreamweaver, Adobe PDF, and Adobe Portable Document Format. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. Senior Graphic Designers see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,802

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Key Stats for Senior Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 561 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

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▲3%

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National Average
$59,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

Macintosh
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National Average
$59,000



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▼4%

▼6%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 561 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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