Graphic Designer Salary

A Graphic Designer earns an average salary of $42,078 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$30,597 - $60,923
$31K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,355
10%
50%
90%

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$11.54 - $28.10
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $16.71
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50%
90%

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$0$61K
Salary $30,597 - $60,923
Bonus $244 - $5,011
Profit Sharing $305 - $6,126
Commission $101 - $6,787
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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$27,568 - $61,227
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 18,635
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $11.54 - $28.10
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.13
Overtime $17.39 - $36.75
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $244 - $5,011
Commission $101 - $6,787
Profit Sharing $305 - $6,126
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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$27,568 - $61,227
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 11,708

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
55 profiles
$31,895

Minuteman Press
48 profiles
$31,084

$39,437

Self-Employed
19 profiles
$101,495

Nordstrom, Inc.
18 profiles
$55,955

Signarama
17 profiles
$26,570

Gannett Co Inc
16 profiles
$29,811

$34,910

$29,445

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: $40,462

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 Morristown:
"As exciting and challenging as you make it."
Pros: The power to give suggestion.
Cons: Simple jobs.

Graphic Designer in Evansville:
Pros: The people I work with and what I actually do.
Cons: My boss.

Graphic Designer in Sioux Falls:
"Graphic design."
Pros: Dependable. Stable. Lots of opportunity.
Cons: Stressful and non greatful.

Graphic Designer in Anaheim:
"Fun job with perks."
Pros: Casual work environment with fun company culture. Constantly learning and improving my technical skills. Room to grow within the company and lots of great perks.
Cons: Stressful deadlines and tedious projects.

Graphic Designer in Oceanside:
"Good people, poor pay."
Pros: Semi-flexible hours, unlimited time off, variety of project, office space, office location, level of independence, good coworkers, health benefits.
Cons: No paid time off, no overtime pay, no paid holidays, low wages, boss is a bit shady about how he pays travel time.

Graphic Designer in Eugene:
"Meh."
Pros: I like working to further my skill set in the industry.
Cons: Stressfull, over worked.

Graphic Designer in Chicago:
"Great."
Pros: I love that I have the freedom to create graphic solutions to real problems.
Cons: There are a lot of projects to juggle, there may be conflicting priorities at times.

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Key Stats for Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4969 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Graphic Designer Salaries

▲21%

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$40,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Graphic Designer Salaries


▲1%



Adobe InDesign
▼0%

Design
▼0%


HTML
▼0%

Adobe Dreamweaver
▼0%

National Average
$40,000




Illustration
▼1%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4969 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 30%