Salary for Graphic Designers

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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 career community 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 can receive salaries ranging between $31,720 to $93,440 depending on experience. will most likely earn wages of fifty-eight thousand three hundred and seventy dollars every year.

are compensated at the highest average salary in District of Columbia, where they can earn a compensation of about $83,070. People in this job function can make the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they get average wages of $70,050.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 38.25 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Public Administration
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade