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Working As A Web Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $56,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Web Designer 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.

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How To Become A Web Designer

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.

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Average Length of Employment
Webmaster 2.6 years
Web Manager 2.6 years
Web Specialist 2.5 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Producer 2.0 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Web Designer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Web Designer
Internship 9.9%
Designer 4.7%
Webmaster 2.9%
Cashier 2.9%
Volunteer 2.8%
Manager 2.6%
Top Careers After Web Designer
Internship 4.2%
Designer 3.7%
Owner 3.2%
Webmaster 3.1%

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Web Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.9%

Female

37.8%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Asian

13.0%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.6%

French

10.6%

Chinese

8.7%

Japanese

7.2%

Mandarin

6.9%

Russian

5.0%

German

4.6%

Italian

3.5%

Arabic

3.0%

Portuguese

2.6%

Korean

2.2%

Cantonese

2.0%

Turkish

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Hindi

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Dutch

0.7%
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Web Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.0%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.4%

Full Sail University

5.1%

University of Central Florida

5.0%

San Jose State University

4.7%

University of North Texas

4.6%

Florida State University

4.4%

Academy of Art University

4.3%

School of Visual Arts

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

New York University

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

Iowa State University

3.6%
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Majors

Graphic Design

20.9%

Computer Science

12.8%

Computer Applications

8.7%

Business

8.3%

Fine Arts

6.4%

Information Technology

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.5%

Communication

5.3%

Design And Visual Communication

3.9%

Marketing

3.8%

Photography

2.5%

English

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Information Systems

1.7%

Digital Media

1.5%

Graphic Communications

1.5%

Animation

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.5%

Other

17.9%

Masters

15.8%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Web Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Designer A&N Design Studio, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $138,000
Web Designer Appdillo Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2013 $120,000
Web Designer Quick Sprout LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$156,000
Web Designer Autopilothq Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $116,542 -
$135,000
Web Designer Bislr, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $116,542
Web Designer Tolleson Design, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $115,000
Web Designer Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 01, 2014 $115,000
Principal Web Designer Rei Systems Inc. Sterling, VA Aug 16, 2016 $115,000
Web Designer III Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL Jan 21, 2013 $112,000
Web Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 16, 2013 $111,883
Web Designer Experis Us, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2015 $110,131 -
$135,655
Webfocus Designer Information Builders Inc. New York, NY Jul 18, 2014 $105,000
Webfocus Designer Information Builders Inc. New York, NY Apr 28, 2014 $105,000
Web Designer BB&T Corporation Raleigh, NC Aug 27, 2014 $77,016
DMG Web Designer II Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 23, 2014 $73,118
Web Designer California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA Jul 09, 2015 $73,020
Web Designer The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2013 $72,570
Interactive Web Designer Getfused, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 01, 2013 $72,200
Web Designer Crazy Egg Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $72,000 -
$84,000
Web Designer Xavient Information Systems Inc. West Chester, PA Jul 26, 2016 $72,000
Web Designer Xavient Information Systems Inc. West Chester, PA Dec 07, 2016 $72,000
Web Designer Fosubo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 11, 2015 $57,600
Web Designer Kluge Strategic Los Angeles, CA Nov 18, 2015 $57,100 -
$70,000
Web & Information Designer Texas A&M University, Health Science Center College Station, TX Jan 10, 2016 $57,000
Web Designer Fluent, Inc. New York, NY Dec 10, 2013 $56,787
Web Designer RCI Internet Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 29, 2013 $56,650
Associate Web Designer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 03, 2015 $56,597
Web Application Designer Alixpartners, LLP Southfield, MI Sep 16, 2014 $56,500

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Web Designer

Average Yearly Salary
$56,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Web Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Web Designer in the United States is $56,732 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

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Top Skills for A Web Designer

  1. Company Website
  2. Web Application
  3. Html
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained daily production of company website including accuracy and consistency of content.
  • Engineered innovative Adopt-a-Pet Web application customized for mobile devices.
  • Designed Customer Relationship Management software sales website in HTML5 language.
  • Updated website universal typography hierarchy by generating CSS layout rules for consistent message and appearance.
  • Prepared product images to maximize product presentation using Adobe Photoshop.

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Top 10 Best States for Web Designers

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