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Average Early-Career Graphic Designer Salary

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The average salary for an Early-Career Graphic Designer is $43,260.
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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Graphic Designer

The top respondents for the job title Graphic Designer are from the companies Fastsigns, Inc, Minuteman Press and Power Home Remodeling Group. Reported salaries are highest at Newell Rubbermaid Inc where the average pay is $54,496. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Power Home Remodeling Group and Gannett Co Inc, earning around $51,097 and $50,000, respectively. Minuteman Press pays the lowest at around $25,000. Fastsigns, Inc and BrandMuscle, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $28,000 and $38,908, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Graphic Designers?

Skills that pay less than market rate include Design, Graphic Design, 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 $38,950 based on 777 salaries. A mid-career Graphic Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,916 based on 6,872 salaries. An experienced Graphic Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,781 based on 3,795 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $52,419.
Employees with Graphic Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 49.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (21.5% more) and New York, New York (19.9% more).

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