Saturday, January 7, 2012

Common Graphic Designer Salary Rates in the US

If you think you would make a good graphic designer, you may want to know what you could possibly make in this industry. The graphic design salary you may earn in the future isn't exactly predictable because there are so many factors that could go into determining what you earn every year. Your job experience, location, employer, and education will all play a role in figuring out what you will earn as a graphic designer, but it can't hurt to look over the average to get a rough idea of what you may earn in this field. Here are some different pay rates that you may see as a graphic designer later on.

Average Graphic Designer Salary

The average graphic designer salary covers a wide range of earning levels, so you may not be able to predict your potential salary based on this information. Here is a chart outlining the averages in the country at the moment:





Expect to earn at the lower end of that range when you first start working as a graphic designer because it may take a while to reach the top of it. There is no cap to the money you could earn as a graphic designer though, so you just have to make sure you apply yourself in the future. The charts below will give you a better idea of some of the different salary levels you may see in graphic design.

Graphic Designer Salary by Location

  • (1) Palo Alto, California: $31,340 - $96,547
  • (2) Stamford, Connecticut: $30,913 - $70,585
  • (3) McLean, Virginia: $40,815 - $68,467
  • (4) Fairfax, Virginia: 34,521 - $81,070
  • (5) San Francisco, California: $34,109 - $73,971
  • (6) Sunnyvale, California: $21,243 - $97,871
  • (7) Arlington, Virginia: $29,799 - $65,436
  • (8) Alexandria, Virginia: $31,229 - $71,899
  • (9) Irvine, California: $37,521 - $57,240
  • (10) Boulder, Colorado: $30,968 - $54,500

Graphic Designer Salary by Industry

  • Advertising: $26,745 - $55,004
  • Graphic Arts: $26,023 - $58,751
  • Marketing and Media Management: $26,157 - $54,103
  • Printing and Publishing: $27,171 - $57,717
  • Web Development: $27,488 - $61,578

Graphic Designer Salary by Degree

  • Associate's Degree: $25,154 - $54,371
  • Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design: $26,579 - $52,165
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design: $28,670 - $52,104
  • Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design: $26,312 - $53,688

Graphic Designer Salary by Gender

  • Male: $31,502 - $46,909
  • Female: $31,104 - $44,590

Note that the information above is courtesy of PayScale.com as of January 1, 2012. It may not reflect the information at the time you read this article.

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