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Average Graphic Designer with Graphic Design Skills Salary in Chicago, Illinois

$45,993
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,221
Bonus
$550
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The average salary for a Graphic Designer with Graphic Design skills in Chicago, Illinois is $45,993.
10%
$36k
MEDIAN
$46k
90%
$64k
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What Do Graphic Designers Do?

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

Career Paths

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Graphic Designer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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What Are Popular Skills for Graphic Designers?

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

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 $40,828 based on 6 salaries. An early career Graphic Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,849 based on 164 salaries. A mid-career Graphic Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,680 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Graphic Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,558 based on 29 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $63,500.
Employees with Graphic Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 41.5% 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 (16.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (3.6% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (0.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 288 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.1%
Early Career
56.9%
Mid Career
27.8%
Experienced
10.1%
Late Career
3.1%