Senior Graphic Designer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Senior Graphic Designer is $53,878 per year.
Senior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$39,177 - $77,188
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,878
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Senior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$15.20 - $49.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,177 - $77,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,169  
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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$38,262 - $81,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,626
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.20 - $49.55  
   
Overtime
$20.20 - $52.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,169  
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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$38,262 - $81,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 738
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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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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

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$54,000

Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

Design
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Web Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe Photoshop
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Graphic Design
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Adobe InDesign
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$54,000
Illustration
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HTML
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Dreamweaver
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Microsoft Word
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Macintosh
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Adobe Acrobat
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QuarkXPress
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Desktop Publishing
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%