FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Graphic Designer/Illustrator

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Graphic Designer/Illustrator

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Graphic Designer/Illustrator Do

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Duties

Graphic designers typically do the following: 

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Use digital illustration, photo-editing software, and layout software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations that help deliver a desired message
  • Design layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use
  • Present design concepts to clients or art directors
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Graphic designers work with both text and images. They often select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. Graphic designers also decide how images and text will go together on a print or webpage, including how much space each will have. When using text in layouts, graphic designers collaborate closely with writers who choose the words and decide whether the words will be put into paragraphs, lists, or tables. Through the use of images, text, and color, graphic designers can transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams, which can make complex ideas more accessible.

Graphic design is important to marketing and selling products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing.

Frequently, designers specialize in a particular category or type of client. For example, some create the graphics used on retail products packaging, still others may work on the visual designs used on book jackets.

Graphic designers need to keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive.

Some individuals with a background in graphic design teach in design schools, colleges, and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Graphic Designer/Illustrator

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.

Advancement

Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator?

Send To A Friend

Graphic Designer/Illustrator Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Graphic Designer/Illustrator Career Paths

Graphic Designer/Illustrator
Graphic Designer Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Consultant Marketing Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Senior Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Manager
Marketing And Operations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Web Design/Development Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphics Illustrator Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Graphics Illustrator Designer Senior Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Lead Designer Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer User Experience Designer Product Designer
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Social Media Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Artist Graphic Design Specialist Graphic Design Manager
Creative Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Artist/Illustrator 4.4 years
Graphic Artist 4.4 years
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Freelance Designer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Graphic Designer/Illustrator
Internship 4.1%
Designer 3.3%
Artist 2.8%
Cashier 1.7%
Top Careers After Graphic Designer/Illustrator
Art Director 11.7%
Artist 3.5%
Owner 2.5%
Designer 2.2%
Instructor 1.7%

Do you work as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator?

Graphic Designer/Illustrator Demographics

Gender

Male

53.8%

Female

37.2%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

3.8%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.8%

French

8.5%

Japanese

6.2%

German

5.4%

Korean

4.7%

Chinese

4.7%

Russian

3.9%

Italian

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Turkish

2.3%

Mandarin

1.6%

Armenian

1.6%

Swahili

0.8%

Swedish

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Tibetan

0.8%
Show More

Graphic Designer/Illustrator Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

13.9%

Academy of Art University

8.1%

School of Visual Arts

8.1%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

8.1%

Ringling College of Art and Design

6.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.8%

Pratt Institute-Main

5.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.6%

Art Center College of Design

4.2%

Columbus College of Art and Design

4.2%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.6%

Columbia College Chicago

3.4%

College for Creative Studies

3.2%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

3.2%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.2%

California State University - Fullerton

3.0%

Art Institute of Atlanta

3.0%

Kent State University

3.0%

Maryland Institute College of Art

3.0%

Syracuse University

2.8%
Show More
Majors

Graphic Design

57.5%

Fine Arts

13.7%

Design And Visual Communication

6.7%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Animation

3.0%

Computer Science

1.7%

Business

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Graphic Communications

1.5%

Photography

1.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.2%

Education

0.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Advertising

0.8%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

0.6%

Writing

0.5%

Drafting And Design

0.5%

Elementary Education

0.5%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

56.0%

Other

16.5%

Associate

13.4%

Masters

8.0%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%

Doctorate

0.1%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$32,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Graphic Designer/Illustrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Graphic Designer/Illustrator in the United States is $49,985 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $77,000.

Real Graphic Designer/Illustrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2015 $125,700
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2012 $104,000
Chinese Culture Graphic Designer and Illustrator Seichou Karate Limited Alexandria, VA Apr 05, 2011 $67,500
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Smartling, Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2013 $65,000
Multi-Media Graphic Designer & Illustrator Serum Versus Venom, LLC New York, NY Jan 24, 2011 $65,000
Graphic Designer/Scientific Illustrator Cranium Computing, Inc. Colorado Springs, CO Sep 27, 2010 $62,610
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Info Retail Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 29, 2012 $50,200
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Bendon Publishing International Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2015 $46,197 -
$52,000
Graphic Designer and Illustrator Artistic Studios Limited, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 27, 2013 $44,741
Graphics Designer Illustrator DRIL-Quip, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 28, 2011 $42,350
Graphic Illustrator/Designer Larose Industries, LLC Randolph, NJ Sep 08, 2014 $41,000
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Astrid Mueller, LLC New York, NY Jan 15, 2010 $37,000
Graphic Design, Illustrator Mirage Industries, Inc. Grand Blanc, MI Jan 03, 2014 $36,523
Graphic Designer & Illustrator Shure Products Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 15, 2009 $36,000
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Special Forces Gear Gardena, CA Sep 10, 2015 $34,039

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Graphic Designer/Illustrator?

Have you worked as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator.

Top Skills for A Graphic Designer/Illustrator

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Company Logos
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design manufacturing production files to plant manufacturing specifications using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Worked as an independent freelance graphic designer and illustrator designing individual and corporate identities for various clients.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.
  • Update WordPress as needed for product websites, company websites and joint venture websites.
  • Produce complex computer-generated, as well as traditionally created illustrations and artwork.

How Would You Rate Working As a Graphic Designer/Illustrator?

Are you working as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator? Help us rate Graphic Designer/Illustrator as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Graphic Designer/Illustrators

  1. District of Columbia
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Washington
  5. Virginia
  6. California
  7. Alaska
  8. Oregon
  9. Connecticut
  10. New Jersey
  • (100 jobs)
  • (833 jobs)
  • (216 jobs)
  • (222 jobs)
  • (319 jobs)
  • (1,168 jobs)
  • (9 jobs)
  • (106 jobs)
  • (60 jobs)
  • (192 jobs)

Top Graphic Designer/Illustrator Employers

Jobs From Top Graphic Designer/Illustrator Employers

Related to your recently viewed content