Senior Graphic Designer Salary

Median pay for Senior Graphic Designers in the United States comes out to approximately $59K annually, but employers in San Francisco pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $89K. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$42,167 - $82,655
$42K
$59K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,489
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50%
90%

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$15.59 - $51.81
$16
$25
$52
MEDIAN: $24.90
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$0$86K
Salary $42,167 - $82,655
Bonus $745 - $8,345
Profit Sharing $324.16 - $9,744
Commission $3,375
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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$40,785 - $86,294
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,208
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $15.59 - $51.81
Overtime $20.72 - $58.50
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $745 - $8,345
Commission $3,375
Profit Sharing $324.16 - $9,744
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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$40,785 - $86,294
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 582

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Associate Directors of Creative Services. That role pays $91K per year on average. The most common career progression for Senior Graphic Designers leads to becoming an Art Director, where pay is typically $56K. However, many Senior Graphic Designers also opt to become Creative Directors, a position that pays $83K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Graphic Designer


CBRE Group doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $61K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $74K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Senior Graphic Designer


Senior Graphic Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Graphic Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Graphic Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Graphic Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 722 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Graphic Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 1,623 salaries. An experienced Senior Graphic Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 1,673 salaries. A Senior Graphic Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 643 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,422

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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Key Stats for Senior Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 682 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

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▲2%

National Average
$59,000

▼1%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Macintosh
▼1%



▼2%

▼2%

▼2%







▼5%

▼7%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 682 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 16%
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