$57,098
Avg. Salary
$19.16
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,020

Bonus

$1,140

Profit Sharing

$2,400

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Graphic Design Manager is $19.16 per hour.

The average pay for a Graphic Design Manager is $57,098 per year.

10%
$13.90
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$19.16
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$28.70
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MEDIAN $19.16
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$39k
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$87k
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MEDIAN $57,098
$39,228 - $86,653
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$0$86K
Salary $39,228 - $86,653
Bonus $206 - $9,876
Profit Sharing $300 - $4,500
Commission $2,400
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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$35,243 - $86,482
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 558
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $13.90 - $28.70
Overtime $0.00 - $32.30
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $206 - $9,876
Commission $2,400
Profit Sharing $300 - $4,500
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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$35,243 - $86,482
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 119

Job Description for Graphic Design Manager

Companies that generate marketing and sales campaigns often have a graphic design manager overseeing the look and feel of these campaigns' artwork. Graphic design managers approve all materials coming from their department, including items as diverse as sales circulars, point-of-sale advertisements, web pages, and signs. Most organizations have a specific branding strategy, and another role of the graphic design manager is to ensure that the artwork developed by their department remains consistent with the brand. The design manager should have excellent communication skills to present new projects to their teams so project specifications are clearly understood in the concept stage.

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Graphic Design Manager Tasks
  • Direct artwork and layout design for multi-media communications.
  • Oversee a team of designers and take an active role in planning and implementing a multi-media campaign.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Manager


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It's not very common for Graphic Design Managers to move on to become Creative Directors. Average pay for a Creative Director is $83K annually. Graphic Design Managers most often move into positions as Creative Services Directors or Marketing Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $24K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

Graphic Design Manager Job Listings

Popular Skills for Graphic Design Manager


Survey results imply that Graphic Design Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Windows Operating System General Use, QuarkXPress, Macintosh, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those listing Adobe Portable Document Format as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Design and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Manager

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Design Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Design Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 109 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Design Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Graphic Design Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 141 salaries. A Graphic Design Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 70 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,529

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Graphic Design Managers, 55 percent above the national average. Graphic Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+39 percent), Washington (+36 percent), Las Vegas (+27 percent), and Los Angeles (+27 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Graphic Design Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Graphic Design Manager?

Graphic Design Manager in Maumee:
"Overworked, underpaid, under appreciated."
Pros: Flexibility
Cons: Given more responsibilities without a choice and not given more money

Graphic Design Manager in Seattle:
"Great people in evolving workplace conditions."
Pros: The people I work with
Cons: Lack of time to develop repeatable working processes

Graphic Design Manager in Fort Smith:
"Easy going."
Pros: Low key easy commute
Cons: Nothing to do

Graphic Design Manager in Tampa:
"Great Firm with Relaxed atmosphere."
Pros: Casual environment
Cons: Car culture - no where to walk to

Graphic Design Manager in Tulsa:
"City Culture."
Pros: I am able to bring life our city through design.
Cons: Those that are not from here don't realize what Tulsa has to offer.

Graphic Design Manager in Granite City:
"Busy Days."
Pros: The creativity, the lack of corporate demands,
Cons: Time-lines; customers believe you only work for them and have no other projects on your plate. It can be slow one day and high pressure and hectic the next. Keeping a schedule is near impossible while sharing a sales job. Customers may take 45 minutes to talk through what they want (often coming unprepared), while at the same time you were supposed to have a proof sent off or notify another customer that they're order is ready.

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Manager

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Graphic Design Manager Salaries

▲20%

▲8%

National Average
$55,000

▼9%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Manager Salaries


▲1%

National Average
$55,000

▼1%




Adobe Acrobat
▼5%

Project Management
▼5%



▼8%


Web Design
▼25%

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
▼39%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 19%