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Senior Graphic Designer Salary (United States)

Senior Graphic Designers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly more than half of Senior Graphic Designers. Salaries average out to around $54K per year and spread from $39K to $83K per year. In the world of Senior Graphic Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $39K and $83K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Graphic Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Senior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$39,454 - $77,845
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $54,182
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Senior Graphic Designer Salary (?
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$15.31 - $50.41
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,454 - $77,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,026  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $5,163  
Commission
$1,500 - $12,500  
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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$38,600 - $82,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,678
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $50.41  
   
Overtime
$21.16 - $57.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,026  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $12,500  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $5,163  
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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$38,600 - $82,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 756
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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 an upper level Creative Director of Advertising role may receive a large increase in pay as the 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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Web Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Graphic Designers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. On average, Senior Graphic Designers make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Senior Graphic Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Senior Graphic Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Senior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Dallas and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

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

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 1148 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%