$41,676
Avg. Salary
$15.71
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,001

Bonus

$1,200

Profit Sharing

$350

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Graphic Artist is $15.71 per hour.

The average pay for a Graphic Artist is $41,676 per year.

$11.27
10%
$15.71
50%
$24.60
90%
MEDIAN $15.71
$29k
10%
$42k
50%
$62k
90%
MEDIAN $41,676
$29,102 - $61,728
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$62K
MEDIAN: $41,676
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90%

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$11.27 - $24.60
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$0$61K
Salary $29,102 - $61,728
Bonus $192 - $4,894
Profit Sharing $296 - $11,150
Commission $350
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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$25,061 - $58,794
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 618
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.27 - $24.60
Hourly Tips $2.46
Overtime $17.40 - $33.47
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $192 - $4,894
Commission $350
Profit Sharing $296 - $11,150
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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$25,061 - $58,794
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 895

Job Description for Graphic Artist

A graphic artist designs visual presentations of a wide variety, including advertisements, brochures, screen-printed tees, logos, signs, product illustrations, websites and more. A graphic artist works alone or with a group of illustrators, photographers and writers to meet the design demands of clients from all fields. The artist determines the size and arrangement of visual elements to facilitate communication between the client and a target audience.

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Graphic Artist Tasks

  • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and internet websites.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Artist


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Graphic Artists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Graphic Designer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $54K per year.

Graphic Artist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Graphic Artist


Graphic Artists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe PDF are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 359 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 235 salaries. An experienced Graphic Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 228 salaries. A Graphic Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 149 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,729

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

For Graphic Artists, New York provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Artists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+42 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), San Antonio (+23 percent), and Minneapolis (+22 percent). Compared to the national average, Tulsa Graphic Artists have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Oklahoma City (14 percent lower) and Houston (9 percent lower).

Graphic Artist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Graphic Artist?

Graphic Artist in Olympia:
"Use both sides of your brain."
Be original but be aware of trends.

Graphic Artist in Arlington:
"ART in all forms is something that I am naturally superior."
Get prepared to learn new software tips tricks effects drawing techniques for the rest of your career.

Graphic Artist in Newtown:
"Continue to Learn."
Stay current with design trends and software. Take on projects and push to be project leader. Plan your growth income path with management or you will stay right where you are at.

Graphic Artist in Tampa:
"Bonus."
The bonus will always be half of what they tell you.

Graphic Artist in Birmingham:
"Stay up to date on software used in this industry."
Stay up to date on software used in this industry.

Graphic Artist in Oswego:
"Don't be under valued."
Network as much as possible to see what the pay ranges are for particular lines of work. Don't let yourself be under valued.

Graphic Artist in Manhattan:
"Graphics."
Pros: Freely designing for catalogs and having the ability to take projects into my own hands.
Cons: The pay and the communication between supervisors and employees as well as other departments that affect our job.

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Key Stats for Graphic Artist

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 311 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Graphic Artist Salaries

▲15%

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$37,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲20%


▲4%

Web Design
▲1%


National Average
$37,000

Adobe InDesign
▼1%


▼2%




▼11%

Adobe Acrobat
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 311 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 33%