Senior Graphic Designer Salary

The average salary for Senior Graphic Designers in the United States is $60K annually, and pay runs especially high in San Francisco, where the average is $89K. Senior Graphic Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,302 - $82,958
$42K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,647
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$15.71 - $51.04
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MEDIAN: $24.47
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$0$86K
Salary $42,302 - $82,958
Bonus $695 - $8,771
Profit Sharing $331.80 - $8,940
Commission $3,375
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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$40,804 - $86,088
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,272
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $15.71 - $51.04
Overtime $20.51 - $54.85
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $695 - $8,771
Commission $3,375
Profit Sharing $331.80 - $8,940
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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$40,804 - $86,088
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 584

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Job Description for Senior Graphic Designer

Teams that create drawings, backgrounds, lettering, or other original graphics for commercial purposes work in graphic design. A senior graphic designer is often the leader of such teams, and he or she may have one or more junior graphic designers and other support personnel working with him or her. The senior graphic designer typically will be the member of the team who receives the various jobs to be performed and works out the parameters, requirements, and scope of the design. While the designer will normally perform much of this work, he or she will also delegate graphic work to other junior graphic designers on the team, typically suggesting edits to work and giving final approval before their work is submitted.

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Senior Graphic Designer Tasks

  • Design or create artwork to meet specific marketing or promotional needs.
  • May lead team of lower level graphic designers.
  • May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects but is often created by computer technology.

Common Career Paths for Senior Graphic Designer


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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Graphic Designers move into roles as Associate Directors of Creative Services, where pay is an average $91K per year. Given that the median pay is $56K, it may be surprising to find that an Art Director is the most common role for Senior Graphic Designers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Creative Director role — which pays $83K — is also typical for Senior Graphic Designers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Graphic Designer


The lowest salaries can be found at CBRE Group — median pay is $61K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $50K and only reaching $74K.

Popular Skills for Senior Graphic Designer


Senior Graphic Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Macintosh, Web Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Dreamweaver, Adobe PDF, and Adobe Portable Document Format. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Graphic Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Graphic Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Graphic Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 722 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior 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 $59,000 based on 1,623 salaries. An experienced Senior Graphic Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 1,673 salaries. A Senior 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 $62,000 based on 643 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,448

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Key Stats for Senior Graphic Designer

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 766 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

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▲2%

National Average
$59,000

▼1%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Graphic Designer Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Macintosh
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▼5%

▼7%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 766 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 16%
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