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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Graphic Design Assistant Salary

$42,630 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

$20.50 hourly

Entry level Salary
$30,000 yearly
$30,000
10 %
$42,630
Median
$58,000
90 %

How much does a Graphic Design Assistant make?

Graphic design assistants make $42,630 per year on average, or $20.5 per hour, in the United States. Graphic design assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $30,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $58,000.

Location impacts how much a graphic design assistant can expect to make. Graphic design assistants make the most in Alaska, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Rhode Island.

Highest Paying States For Graphic Design Assistants

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

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Graphic Design Assistant average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New York$55,344$26.611,376
2Massachusetts$52,975$25.47854
3Rhode Island$50,563$24.3198
4Washington$48,948$23.53884
5Michigan$46,621$22.41665
6District of Columbia$52,482$25.23177
7Alaska$55,358$26.6154
8Virginia$49,312$23.71707
9Oregon$44,867$21.57609
10Maryland$51,570$24.79428
11Connecticut$45,210$21.74288
12California$45,402$21.834,024
13New Jersey$50,353$24.21435
14New Hampshire$43,287$20.81144
15Vermont$44,797$21.5458
16North Carolina$43,766$21.04651
17Pennsylvania$45,072$21.67680
18Delaware$44,793$21.5485
19West Virginia$47,062$22.6352
20Ohio$43,094$20.72613
21Arizona$41,830$20.11458
22Wisconsin$39,734$19.10410
23Indiana$42,242$20.31287
24Texas$37,643$18.101,689
25Minnesota$37,654$18.10510
26Illinois$40,111$19.28764
27Hawaii$44,400$21.3547
28Nevada$40,564$19.50106
29Alabama$37,834$18.19239
30Maine$36,272$17.4484
31North Dakota$35,500$17.0751
32Colorado$34,905$16.78449
33Kentucky$36,768$17.68168
34Iowa$32,522$15.64253
35Utah$31,663$15.22278
36Louisiana$37,305$17.94105
37Missouri$35,248$16.95320
38Georgia$32,655$15.70701
39Idaho$33,854$16.2895
40Kansas$32,400$15.58183
41Tennessee$33,424$16.07246
42Mississippi$34,543$16.6171
43Florida$32,766$15.75933
44Arkansas$33,052$15.89104
45Nebraska$32,432$15.59117
46Wyoming$24,889$11.9742
47South Carolina$31,478$15.13222
48Montana$27,800$13.3766
49New Mexico$31,564$15.1884
50South Dakota$28,847$13.8757
51Oklahoma$26,533$12.76141

Highest Paying Cities For Graphic Design Assistants

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1New York, NY$55,369$26.62
2Taunton, MA$53,214$25.58
3San Francisco, CA$50,990$24.51
4Redmond, WA$49,995$24.04
5Lynchburg, VA$47,993$23.07
6Lansing, MI$46,274$22.25
7Newark, OH$42,957$20.65
8Menomonee Falls, WI$39,825$19.15
9Minneapolis, MN$37,636$18.09
10Frisco, TX$36,629$17.61
11Fargo, ND$36,221$17.41
12Denver, CO$34,879$16.77
13Gainesville, FL$32,924$15.83
14Laramie, WY$24,750$11.90

Graphic Design Assistant Salary Details

Graphic Design Assistant Salary

What is a Graphic Design Assistant's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
75th Percentile$50,000$4,167$24
Average$42,630$3,553$21
25th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
10th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Visual Merchandiser$43,006$3,584$20.6874,351
Production Artist$60,192$5,016$28.9459,103
Design Internship$43,578$3,631$20.9597,018
Freelance Designer$52,886$4,407$25.4345,914
Student Graphic Designer$53,245$4,437$25.6055,508
Lead Graphic Designer$70,199$5,850$33.7546,260

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Which Companies Pay Graphic Design Assistants The Most?

The highest paying companies for graphic design assistants are Google and Seattle Rep according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like URBN and Chapman University report highly competitive wages for graphic design assistants.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Google$143,660$69.07228
2Seattle Rep$120,530$57.95
3URBN$55,258$26.5724
4Chapman University$50,090$24.08
5Builders FirstSource$47,184$22.6884
6Miller’s$46,974$22.58
7WestRock$45,684$21.9618
8Centric Brands$45,365$21.816
9D C Intl$45,365$21.81
10Colorado State Express$45,365$21.813
11Randstad North America, Inc.$45,337$21.80156
12Tapestry Salon & Day Spa$45,233$21.759
13Coach$44,660$21.47
14Penguin Random House$44,419$21.364
15Calvin Klein$44,335$21.31
16Jo-Ann Stores$44,048$21.1844
17Aims Community College$43,857$21.09
18Faherty Brand$42,630$20.50
19Palace Entertainment$42,630$20.50
20Express Employment Indy South$42,630$20.50

How Much Do Graphic Design Assistants Make In Different Industries?

Graphic design assistant salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the media, manufacturing, and technology industries tend to offer much higher salaries for graphic design assistants. For example, graphic design assistants make a whopping average salary of $45,994 while working in the media industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $45,406 in the manufacturing industry and $45,351 in the technology industry.

Graphic design assistants may want to avoid working in the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $42,780.

Highest Paying Industries For Graphic Design Assistants

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Media$45,994$22.11
2Manufacturing$45,406$21.83
3Technology$45,351$21.80
4Retail$44,044$21.18
5Education$42,780$20.57

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Graphic Design Assistant Salary Trends

The salary for a graphic design assistant 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 Design Assistant Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$27,200$13.06
Mid Level$41,100$19.76
Senior Level$60,100$28.88

Average Graphic Design Assistant Salary Over Time

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

    Graphic Design Assistant Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$42,600$20.50+2.4%
    2021$41,600$20.01+3.3%
    2020$40,200$19.34+3.3%
    2019$38,900$18.70+2.2%
    2018$38,000$18.29+1.6%

    Recently Added Graphic Design Assistant Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Iowa Department of Administrative ServicesGraphic Designer (Production Assistant)Johnston, IA05/24/2022$45,136
    University of FloridaFws/Ops-Web and Graphic Design Student Assistant (SFA)Gainesville, FL02/17/2022$20,870
    Colorado StateGraphic Design AssistantGolden, CO12/17/2021$27,611
    Colorado StateGraphic Design AssistantGolden, CO12/17/2021$27,611
    University of FloridaFederal Work Study/Student OPS-Graphic Design AssistantGainesville, FL09/16/2021$25,044
    Research Foundation CunyGraphic Designer/Communication AssistantNew York, NY08/26/2021$48,001
    Felsburg Holt & UllevigGraphic Design AssistantGreenwood Village, CO08/10/2021$41,740
    James Madison UniversityAthletics Graphic Design Student Assistant-IEHarrisonburg, VA08/06/2021$19,827
    University of FloridaFws/Ops-Web and Graphic Design Student Assistant (SFA)Gainesville, FL08/02/2021$20,870
    University of San FranciscoCareer Services Graphic Design AssistantSan Francisco, CA07/08/2021$34,060

    Graphic Design Assistant Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Graphic Design Assistants the most?

    Alaska pays Graphic Design Assistants the most in the United States, with an average salary of $55,358 per year, or $26.61 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Graphic Design Assistant if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New York you should be paid close to $55,344 per year.

    What type of Graphic Design Assistant gets paid the most?

    Lead Graphic Designer gets paid the most. Lead Graphic Designer made a median salary of $70,199. The best-paid 10 percent make $87,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $56,000.

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