The average salary of a junior graphic designer

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The average salary of a junior graphic designer
Designing for the Internet is one avenue for junior graphic designers to pursue. (young woman with laptop image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Graphic designers are responsible for creating visual means of communication. This involves everything from creating sketches to typesetting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that opportunities are good for graphic designers, particularly in the areas of Web design and animation. Graphic designers start in junior graphic designer positions and then move up to full designer positions. This impacts their average salary.

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Average Salary

The Jobs-Salary website provides averages specific to junior graphic designers. They state that the average annual salary for those in junior positions is £23,388 as of 2010. By comparison, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the average annual salary for all graphic designers is £31,083 based on 2009 data.

Range

Junior graphic designers have an average salary range of £19,211 to £25,584 as of 2010, according to the PayScale website. Jobs-Salary indicates a wider range of £15,600 to £34,450, as of 2010.

Hourly Rate

The average hourly rate for junior graphic designers as of 2010 is between £6.30 and £11.90, according to the PayScale website. Higher pay rates are reserved for those with more industry experience.

Industry/Employer

Pay for junior graphic designers is not consistent through various graphic design industries. As shown by PayScale, as of 2010, those involved in publishing have the highest earnings potential, earning £20,906 to £27,575. The lowest salaries are in positions with magazines. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows industry wage differences. They assert that, based on 2009 data, top pay for graphic designers goes to those in the federal executive branch, computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing, motion pictures/video, aerospace products and parts manufacturing and consumer goods retail. These graphic design industries have salaries 23 to 55 per cent higher than average.

Gender

Male and female graphic designers start out on fairly equal salary ground, but males have a higher earnings potential than females. The low end of the salary range for male junior graphic designers as of 2010 is £19,035, according to PayScale, while the low end for female junior graphic designers is £18,980. Male junior graphic designers top out at £26,229, but women max out at £23,825.

Geography

Where you are employed can impact your pay rate as a junior graphic designer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics asserts that the top-paying states and territories of the District of Columbia, California, New York, Connecticut and Maryland have pay rates that are 8 to 42 per cent higher than average.

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