$42,910
Avg. Salary
$16.84
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,439

Profit Sharing

$1,488

Commission

$2,035

The average pay for a Graphic Designer is $16.84 per hour.

The average pay for a Graphic Designer is $42,910 per year.

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MEDIAN $42,910
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MEDIAN: $42,910
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$0$61K
Salary $30,862 - $61,176
Bonus $255 - $5,010
Profit Sharing $297 - $5,689
Commission $500 - $7,167
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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$27,801 - $61,364
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 19,138
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $11.62 - $27.77
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.11
Overtime $17.40 - $36.84
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $255 - $5,010
Commission $500 - $7,167
Profit Sharing $297 - $5,689
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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$27,801 - $61,364
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 12,125

Job Description for Graphic Designer

Graphic designers use color, illustrations, fonts, and layout to visually communicate a message or present a product. They design logos, product packaging, print materials, and websites, among many other things. Graphic designers are found in a variety of industries and in different capacities. For instance, a designer might be employed as in-house staff for a company to work on promotional materials for the organization, or a designer might work for a design agency with many clients and projects. Newspapers, advertising firms, technology-oriented companies, and other organizations commonly employ designers. Additionally, many graphic designers are self-employed, working as independent contractors on a per-project basis.

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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.

Graphic Designer Pay By Employer

$0$187K

Fastsigns, Inc
57 profiles
$31,626

Minuteman Press
48 profiles
$31,121

$39,926

Self-Employed
19 profiles
$101,495

Signarama
19 profiles
$27,510

$35,275

Nordstrom, Inc.
18 profiles
$56,534

Gannett Co Inc
17 profiles
$30,057

$29,821

YMCA
13 profiles
$38,414

Common Career Paths for Graphic Designer


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Graphic Designer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Graphic Designer

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Designer

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 19,078 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 9,428 salaries. An experienced Graphic Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 5,436 salaries. A Graphic Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 1,867 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,679

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

Graphic Designer Reviews

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

Graphic Designer in Beaumont/Port Arthur:
"Perks Are Great."
Pros: The perks are great. Nice big office along with a new iMac, scanner, and any other accessories needed. Schedule was flexible while I was in my last semester of college. Insurance is great for employee only, but with children it is very costly. Very relaxing, not stressful at all. Small company so we all feel like family to one another. I get to keep a copy of all publications that I designed. Very casual environment, and very comfortable.
Cons: I feel as if the job title of Graphic Designer is slowly disappearing in society. Everything I learned in school can be learned through tutorials online. Business majors from the same university are learning website design. I feel that now, unlike a few years ago, Graphic Designers must have other backgrounds, such as a minor in Business, Management Information Systems, or something completely opposite from their major. Insurance for one child costs more than my mortgage.

Graphic Designer in Dallas:
"You Really, Really, Really Have To Love What You Do."
If you like it, don't be a graphic designer. If you madly be in love with it, be a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer in Baltimore:
"Never Take It Personally But ALWAYS Accept Criticism!"
Do not become attached to the things you design for anyone other than yourself. Your responsibility is to problem solve, make messaging clear and easy to read. If your design does those things and your client wants to muddy it up, explain why you made your design decisions, and explain why their changes may not work. If they still want the changes after that, make the changes they want, but find the time to make an alternate version of their change request that does the job more successfully. Generally, if you are thoughtfully designing, they will eventually see your point. Also, if they still just want it their way: do an informal poll of other folks to determine which communicates the message most coherently.

Graphic Designer in Spokane:
"Stimulating."
Pros: I like that I get to pursue different types of projects when they arise, not only graphic design specific.
Cons: Compensation, management decisions.

Graphic Designer in Norwalk:
"Tiring, Mostly Non-creative."
Pros: Variety and when I get to do something creative.
Cons: Poor management, confusing hierarchy, I don't like sitting in front of the computer. Deadlines are ridiculous and disorganized.

Graphic Designer in Edgewater Park:
"What the f?"
Pros: “We support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity and take great satisfaction knowing that we are helping this admirable organization provide affordable homes and safer, revitalized communities across Burlington County,” said Kent C. Lufkin, President and CEO of 3rd Fed Bank. “3rd Fed Bank takes great pride knowing our contribution will have a significant impact in the communities we serve. Since our acquisition of Roebling Bank, we’ve been very active in the Burlington County area with our community reinvestment programs and will continue to do so.”
Cons: “We support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity and take great satisfaction knowing that we are helping this admirable organization provide affordable homes and safer, revitalized communities across Burlington County,” said Kent C. Lufkin, President and CEO of 3rd Fed Bank. “3rd Fed Bank takes great pride knowing our contribution will have a significant impact in the communities we serve. Since our acquisition of Roebling Bank, we’ve been very active in the Burlington County area with our community reinvestment programs and will continue to do so.”

Graphic Designer in Dalton:
"First Stop On The Career Train."
Pros: My own office. I have customized my office to my liking. Some of my co-workers are really great. I am not micro-managed. I can listen to music while I work.
Cons: The commute and there is a lot of gossip. No one will tell you what is going on in the company, you have to ask the right person.

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Key Stats for Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5531 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Graphic Designer Salaries

▲20%

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$41,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries


▲1%



Adobe InDesign
▼0%

Design
▼0%


National Average
$41,000

Illustration
▼1%

HTML
▼1%

Adobe Dreamweaver
▼1%






Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5531 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 31%