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Senior Graphic Designer Salary

With just under three-fifths of Senior Graphic Designers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Graphic Designers is $55K annually and can range from $39K on the lower end to $84K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation for Senior Graphic Designers runs from $39K to $84K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, Senior Graphic Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$39,963 - $79,331
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $55,014
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$15.21 - $50.24
(Median)
$15
$24
$50
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,963 - $79,331  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,370  
Profit Sharing
$497.49 - $6,904  
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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$39,090 - $83,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,872
National Hourly Rate 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$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $50.24  
   
Overtime
$20.59 - $56.34  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,370  
   
Commission
$1,179 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$497.49 - $6,904  
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).
)
$39,090 - $83,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 779

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Creative Director of Advertising. The average Creative Director of Advertising brings home $90K per year. It is not uncommon for a Senior Graphic Designer to continue on to become an Art Director or a Creative Director.

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Popular Skills for Senior Graphic Designer


Senior Graphic Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Design, Web Design, Project Management, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $49K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $54K. Senior Graphic Designers see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Graphic Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Dallas and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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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%

Web Design
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$55,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Illustration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 2%

Macintosh
up arrow 3%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1048 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: 54% employee benefits None: 15%
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