Entry-Level Graphic Artist / Designer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $61K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $15K, respectively. Some workers in this field — approximately one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,765 - $63,196
$30K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,756
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$10.75 - $26.97
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MEDIAN: $15.31
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$0$63K
Salary $29,765 - $63,196
Bonus $152.95 - $5,817
Profit Sharing $204.26 - $14,681
Commission $1,200
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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$25,302 - $61,873
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 666
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $10.75 - $26.97
Overtime $16.19 - $41.09
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $152.95 - $5,817
Commission $1,200
Profit Sharing $204.26 - $14,681
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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$25,302 - $61,873
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 562

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Graphic Artist / Designer Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,062

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers, 62 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Graphic Artists & Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Indianapolis (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (12 percent lower) and San Diego (7 percent lower).

Graphic Artist / Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Graphic Artist / Designer in Salt Lake City:
"How to excel in a creative career."
Make sure you know the adobe or relevant software going into the interviews. Look up the company, its earnings and reputation before going to any interview. Get a feel for the type of company you are working for. Keep a sketch book of ideas when they come to you, do things like listen to stories and keep enjoying visual things so that you have a resource of ideas before you even get to work.

Graphic Artist / Designer in Lindon:
"Keep Learning."
Never be afraid of acquiring more knowledge, skills, or talents. Try stuff you are scared you'll be bad at, practice doing things that don't come naturally.

Graphic Artist / Designer in Arcanum:
"Art benefits all."
Never become discouraged by a critic. Chances are they dont understand poetic or artistic license. Possibly, to them, there actually is a certain size shirt that does fit all. Perhaps an intelligently integrated theme, in part, is considered ultimately a mistake or failure by anothers judgement, when in all actuality, their acceptance or judgement is based on the acceptance of many others through the dillutedness of true genuine character, in which they settle for, desiring the mere acceptance of man.

Graphic Artist / Designer in Dallas:
"Never Get Comfortable."
Neve get too comfortable in your job position as you are always replaceable! That being said, you should always keep your portfolio up to date. Get copies of any work that you have created that has been a success. Keep all emails or letters of recognition and kudos!! If one door closes, you want to be ready for the next door that opens.

Graphic Artist / Designer in Portland:
"Everything depends in the end you seek."
Line up proper exposure to the craft be specific in order to tackle certain avenues.

Key Stats for Graphic Artist / Designer

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
16%
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Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Designer Salaries


▲4%

▲2%

Web Design
▲2%

HTML
▲2%

▼0%

Adobe Acrobat
▼0%


National Average
$38,000



Adobe Photoshop
▼2%

Flash
▼2%



Dreamweaver
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 34%
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