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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Graphic Artist Salary

$62,736 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$30.16 hourly

Entry level Salary
$41,000 yearly
$41,000
10 %
$62,736
Median
$94,000
90 %

How much does a Graphic Artist make?

Graphic artists make $62,736 per year on average, or $30.16 per hour, in the United States. Graphic artists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $41,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $94,000.

Location impacts how much a graphic artist can expect to make. Graphic artists make the most in Washington, California, Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho.

Highest Paying States For Graphic Artists

The darker areas on the map show where graphic artists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Salary:

Graphic Artist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$104,646$50.31457
2Oregon$81,333$39.10257
3California$83,226$40.011,795
4Utah$68,176$32.78136
5Nevada$77,557$37.2947
6Colorado$64,288$30.91184
7Rhode Island$56,617$27.2248
8New York$54,583$26.24817
9Idaho$73,001$35.1030
10Arizona$62,304$29.95133
11Maine$56,214$27.0336
12Massachusetts$53,530$25.74354
13New Hampshire$49,457$23.7874
14Hawaii$65,863$31.6617
15Alaska$69,958$33.6310
16Virginia$52,394$25.19319
17Wisconsin$48,213$23.18183
18Texas$48,790$23.46646
19Montana$58,404$28.0818
20New Jersey$55,875$26.86173
21Minnesota$48,556$23.34208
22District of Columbia$53,558$25.75101
23Ohio$45,925$22.08291
24North Dakota$51,063$24.5512
25Connecticut$47,952$23.05117
26Wyoming$45,967$22.1017
27West Virginia$48,795$23.4621
28North Carolina$45,471$21.86272
29Vermont$47,852$23.0116
30Illinois$45,418$21.84373
31New Mexico$47,227$22.7129
32Maryland$46,060$22.14198
33Pennsylvania$44,104$21.20311
34Delaware$45,850$22.0431
35Florida$46,020$22.13378
36Louisiana$46,346$22.2850
37Iowa$44,454$21.3789
38Alabama$45,297$21.7864
39Michigan$43,070$20.71247
40Indiana$43,596$20.96158
41Arkansas$43,583$20.9548
42Tennessee$42,306$20.34112
43Kansas$42,671$20.5167
44Georgia$41,404$19.91341
45Kentucky$41,207$19.8197
46South Carolina$42,817$20.5976
47Nebraska$41,317$19.8655
48Missouri$42,311$20.34122
49Mississippi$42,310$20.3425
50South Dakota$39,174$18.8318
51Oklahoma$36,918$17.7553

Highest Paying Cities For Graphic Artists

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Bellevue, WA$105,238$50.60
2San Francisco, CA$92,330$44.39
3Las Vegas, NV$76,007$36.54
4Urban Honolulu, HI$66,040$31.75
5Colorado Springs, CO$63,731$30.64
6Goodyear, AZ$62,565$30.08
7Albany, NY$55,390$26.63
8Washington, DC$53,623$25.78
9Boston, MA$53,581$25.76
10Arlington, VA$53,075$25.52
11Appleton, WI$49,704$23.90
12Houston, TX$48,774$23.45
13Miami, FL$46,759$22.48
14New Orleans, LA$46,605$22.41
15Chicago, IL$45,603$21.92

Graphic Artist Salary Details

Graphic Artist Salary

What is a Graphic Artist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$94,000$7,833$45
75th Percentile$77,000$6,417$37
Average$62,736$5,228$30
25th Percentile$50,000$4,167$24
10th Percentile$41,000$3,417$20

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Visual Merchandiser$43,006$3,584$20.6874,351
Visual Designer$86,902$7,242$41.7846,815
Freelance Designer$52,886$4,407$25.4345,914
Student Graphic Designer$53,245$4,437$25.6055,508
Graphic Design Manager$63,122$5,260$30.3548,269
Lead Graphic Designer$70,199$5,850$33.7546,260

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. ViacomCBS Jobs (13)
  2. Raytheon Technologies Jobs (31)
  3. Lockheed Martin Jobs (60)
  4. Northrop Grumman Jobs (47)
  5. AT&T Jobs (41)

Which Companies Pay Graphic Artists The Most?

The highest paying companies for graphic artists are Bloomberg and Raytheon Technologies according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Deluxe and The Walt Disney Company report highly competitive wages for graphic artists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Bloomberg$101,162$48.642
2Raytheon Technologies$96,192$46.252
3Deluxe$95,528$45.931
4The Walt Disney Company$93,950$45.1779
5Nexstar Media Group$91,753$44.1114
6Northrop Grumman$91,216$43.8513
7CTG$91,144$43.82
8NBCUniversal$89,315$42.9429
9Gap Inc.$87,787$42.2112
10Bobit$86,622$41.65
11Marcus & Millichap$84,780$40.768
12Leidos$83,135$39.978
13CNN$81,596$39.23
14Industrial Light & Magic$79,817$38.37
15SSE plc$79,259$38.111
16Hanes Companies, Inc.$78,504$37.747
17Media Storm$78,451$37.72
18Psyop$78,167$37.58
19Arrow International Inc$78,002$37.50
20Elizabeth River Ferry$77,827$37.421

How Much Do Graphic Artists Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a graphic artist salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The technology industry pays graphic artists an average salary of $84,010

  2. The non profits industry pay $78,031

  3. The lowest paying industry for graphic artists is the manufacturing industry. Graphic artists in this industry earn an average salary of $75,002

Highest Paying Industries For Graphic Artists

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$84,010$40.39
2Non Profits$78,031$37.51
3Media$75,983$36.53
4Retail$75,380$36.24
5Manufacturing$75,002$36.06

High Paying Graphic Artist Jobs

Graphic Artist Salary Trends

The salary for a graphic artist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Graphic Artist Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$40,000$19.21
Mid Level$60,500$29.08
Senior Level$88,400$42.50

Average Graphic Artist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Graphic Artist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$62,700$30.16+2.4%
    2021$61,200$29.44+3.3%
    2020$59,200$28.46+3.3%
    2019$57,200$27.52+2.2%
    2018$56,000$26.92+1.6%

    Recently Added Graphic Artist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Meador Staffing ServicesGraphic ArtistAlvin, TX06/01/2022$33,392
    Guide Book PublishingGraphic ArtistBallwin, MO05/31/2022$25,357
    Northrop GrummanSR. Principal Graphics ArtistHuntsville, AL05/22/2022$85,900
    Northrop GrummanPrincipal Graphic ArtistSan Diego, CA05/12/2022$81,600
    Leidos Holdings Inc.Graphic Artist/Video EditorOklahoma City, OK05/12/2022$46,150
    Northrop GrummanSR. Principal Graphic ArtistSierra Vista, AZ05/12/2022$81,600
    MSIGraphic ArtistOrange, CA05/10/2022$50,445
    Perfect Placement Group, LLCGraphic ArtistOrange, CA05/03/2022$59,900
    Sandoval Technology Solutions LLCGraphic ArtistSan Antonio, TX05/01/2022$54,387
    Northrop GrummanPrincipal Graphic ArtistHuntsville, AL04/27/2022$69,300

    Graphic Artist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Graphic Artists the most?

    Washington pays Graphic Artists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $104,646 per year, or $50.31 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Graphic Artist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Graphic Artist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $83,226 per year.

    What type of Graphic Artist gets paid the most?

    Visual Designer gets paid the most. Visual Designer made a median salary of $86,902. The best-paid 10 percent make $108,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $69,000.

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