Graphic Design Specialist Salary

Graphic Design Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Design Specialists. Women Graphic Design Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,010 - $64,582
$32K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,181
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$14.15 - $32.37
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MEDIAN: $19.96
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$0$66K
Salary $32,010 - $64,582
Bonus $193.92 - $5,166
Profit Sharing $4,000
Total Pay (?
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$31,175 - $66,346
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 262
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $14.15 - $32.37
Overtime $21.60 - $38.93
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $193.92 - $5,166
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$31,175 - $66,346
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 135

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Job Description for Graphic Design Specialist

A graphic design specialist completes design projects for their company or clients, performing tasks such as handling web design, creating logos, creating promotional items, and completing other graphic design-related tasks. These individuals may work as freelancers or hold permanent positions that may be part time or full time. A graphic design specialist may need to develop design ideas or help realize designs envisioned by hiring companies. When a design draft does not meet client satisfaction, a graphic designer must determine why and modify designs accordingly. The graphic design specialist may work with a marketing team to exchange ideas and help their ideas be actualized. Additionally, they might directly receive customer feedback or statistics to determine if the designs are accomplishing the company's goals.

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Graphic Design Specialist Tasks

  • Create and assemble images and graphics to produce designs for websites, print media, product design, displays and productions.
  • Direct marketing design projects, collaborating with multiple departments.
  • Design and develop product brand identity.

Common Career Paths for Graphic Design Specialist


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There are some Graphic Design Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Art Directors, where earnings are an average $56K annually. Career advancement for the typical Graphic Design Specialist often leads to becoming a Senior Graphic Designer or a Graphic Design Manager; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Design Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, Desktop Publishing, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Flash, Dreamweaver, and Illustration. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Design Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Design Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Design Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 163 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Design Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 113 salaries. An experienced Graphic Design Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 79 salaries. A Graphic Design Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,835

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

For Graphic Design Specialists, New York provides a pay rate that is 56 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Design Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+16 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Washington (+2 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Graphic Design Specialist's salary, with Cincinnati Graphic Design Specialists earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Chicago and Phoenix.

Graphic Design Specialist Reviews

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

Graphic Design Specialist in Fayetteville:
"Challenging yet creatively rewarding."
Pros: I get to make art as a job, I can work alone on most projects.
Cons: The corporate culture, being overworked, feeling emotionally and creatively drained.

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Key Stats for Graphic Design Specialist

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

▲26%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$45,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Graphic Design Specialist Salaries

▲8%




▲5%




▲3%

Adobe Photoshop
▼0%


National Average
$45,000


▼4%

▼6%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 20%
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