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Senior Graphic Designer Salary

Senior Graphic Designers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $55K per year, but may range from $39K to $84K per year. Total incomes of Senior Graphic Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $84K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Graphic Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent.

$39,849 - $79,357
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,921
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$15.21 - $50.26
(Median)
$15
$24
$50
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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
$39,849 - $79,357  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,269  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $6,851  
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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$38,924 - $83,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,801
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$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $50.26  
   
Overtime
$20.56 - $57.42  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,269  
   
Commission
$1,179 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $6,851  
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).
)
$38,924 - $83,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 777

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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 go on to become Creative Directors of Advertising may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Creative Directors of Advertising is $90K annually. 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


Survey results imply that Senior Graphic Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Design, Web Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Graphic Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Senior Graphic Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. Senior Graphic Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Graphic Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Senior Graphic Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Denver (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

Design
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Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Web Design
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$55,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Graphic Design
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Illustration
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Dreamweaver
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Microsoft Word
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Macintosh
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
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HTML
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Desktop Publishing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1079 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

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%