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Average Graphic Designer Salary

$45,353
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,185
Bonus
$2,020
Commission
$1,526
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Graphic Designer is $45,353.
10%
$33k
MEDIAN
$45k
90%
$64k
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$33k - $64k
Bonus
$246 - $5k
Profit Sharing
$304 - $6k
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$490 - $7k
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$29k - $63k
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What Do Graphic Designers Do?

Graphic Designer 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.

Job Satisfaction for Graphic Designer

3.6 out of 5
(5,012)
Highly Satisfied
552Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Graphic Designer are from the companies Fastsigns, Inc, Minuteman Press and Signarama. Reported salaries are highest at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. where the average pay is $49,132. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Fastsigns, Inc and Signarama, earning around $45,603 and $43,150, respectively. Minuteman Press pays the lowest at around $25,000. BrandMuscle, Inc. and Alphagraphics, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $39,980 and $42,000, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Graphic Designers?

Skills in Graphic Design and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Designers?

An entry-level Graphic Designer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,823 based on 814 salaries. An early career Graphic Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,924 based on 12,714 salaries. A mid-career Graphic Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,713 based on 7,030 salaries. An experienced Graphic Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,676 based on 3,935 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $52,136.
Employees with Graphic Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 43.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (19.9% more) and New York, New York (17.6% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 26,066 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.1%
Early Career
48.8%
Mid Career
27.0%
Experienced
15.1%
Late Career
6.0%