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 incomes of Senior Graphic Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $84K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women Senior Graphic Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Senior Graphic Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,119 - $79,897
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $55,256
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50%
90%

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$15.33 - $50.97
(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
$40,119 - $79,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,757  
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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$39,345 - $84,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,927
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $50.97  
   
Overtime
$21.14 - $56.42  
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 - $6,757  
   
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).
)
$39,345 - $84,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 778
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Graphic Designer


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Senior Graphic Designers who transition into a Creative Director of Advertising role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $90K per year. It is not unusual for a Senior Graphic Designer to become an Art Director or a Creative Director.

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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, Project Management, and Web Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Desktop Publishing. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. Senior Graphic Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. 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


For those looking to make money, Senior Graphic Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (6 percent less) and San Diego (3 percent less).

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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%

Project Management
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%

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 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 985 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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