Salary for Graphic Designers

Also known as:  Catalogue Illustrator, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Visual Designer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

Graphic designers discuss and prepare initial sketches of internet logos, business logos, designs, and concepts with clients. They then prepare graphic design elements using both hardcopy and computer technology. These professionals incorporate a working knowledge of layout and design theory with esthetic principles to create visually appealing final products. They may prepare notes, supervise or give instructions to individuals in charge of the printing of the final product. A Bachelor's degree is generally required for this occupation.

A Graphic Designer earns an average pay level in a range of 32000 - 48000 based on seniority. Graphic Designers can expect a wage of Forty Eight Thousand dollars on an annual basis.

Graphic Designers are compensated at the highest average salary in the District of Columbia, where they can earn pay levels, on average, of approximately $68110. People in this category of job are compensated most highly in Utilities, where they earn salary pay of $60630.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 13.79 percent nationwide in that time.


Graphic Designers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Wholesale Trade