Graphic Designer:

We are all familiar with the work of graphic designers. Just think of famous company logos and graphics, such as the ones used to represent Nike, the Yellow Pages, and Microsoft. Every time you look at a magazine, brochure, advertisement, calendar, poster, product package, website, or computer program, you’re looking at the work of graphic designers.

Graphic designers work for advertising agencies and design firms. They also work in the design, advertising, or communication departments of large companies. Many graphic designers work as independent freelancers.

According to a salary survey conducted by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), entry-level graphic designers usually earn between $32,000 and $45,000 a year. Established designers often make $40,000 to $55,000. Senior graphic designers, who may be in charge of supervising other designers, typically earn from $53,000 to $75,000 annually. For owners, partners, and principal designers of graphic design firms, median income is around $90,000 a year, though some make up to $140,000.

Getting your high school diploma is the first step in becoming a graphic designer. High school courses in art, design, English, and computers are especially useful for this career. To become a graphic designer you usually also need a degree in graphic design or a closely related subject.


$32,000 to $45,000 a year.
• A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related area


$40,000 to $55,000 a year.
• Several years of experience as a junior graphic designer


$53,000 to $75,000 a year
• Many years of experience as an intermediate graphic designer
• Good conceptual thinking abilities
• Possibly some business training