Senior Graphic Designer Salary

With slightly less than 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 $56K annually and can range from $40K on the lower end to $86K per year near the higher end. Overall incomes of Senior Graphic Designers generally bottom out at around $40K and peak near $86K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $7K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Graphic Designers (56 percent) survey respondents. Most Senior Graphic Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part.

$40,706 - $80,788
(Median)
$41K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $56,319
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$15.77 - $54.66
(Median)
$16
$25
$55
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,706 - $80,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,079  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $7,073  
Commission
$3,750  
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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$40,057 - $85,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.77 - $54.66  
   
Overtime
$21.25 - $57.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,079  
   
Commission
$3,750  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $7,073  
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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$40,057 - $85,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 850
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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

  • 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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There are some Senior Graphic Designers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Associate Directors of Creative Services, where earnings are an average $90K annually. Becoming an Art Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Graphic Designers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Art Director is $55K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Graphic Designers to assume a Creative Director role; in this role, workers often take home $82K.

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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 Microsoft Office, Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Desktop Publishing and HTML. Most people familiar with 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.


For Senior Graphic Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $56K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Graphic Designers make a median salary of $59K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,601

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

For Senior Graphic Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent. Dallas and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 6 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$57,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
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Graphic Design
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Web Design
up arrow 2%

Illustration
up arrow 2%

Macintosh
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Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
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HTML
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Dreamweaver
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 915 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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