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What are typical graphics designer salaries? Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

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designers make money?? in Middletown, NY

121 months ago

I worked in mahwah, nj... and made 31,000 per year..
I also worked in the city part time and was paid $20 per hr.
I am currently looking for a new job and should have no problem seeing $40,000. I've been out of college for 2 years.
you should just learn basic graphic design skills. the entire adobe creative suite and Quark.
If you want to do interactive too then you should learn flash and dreamweaver... I personally have no interest in web design so I don't really know dreamweaver.

yes... some companies pay a lot more than others. NYC is your best bet. Experience is the key and its not easy landing an entry level job either... since people that are not entry level will be applying to the same job as you. Employers in NYC generally stop receiving resumes 3 days after the job is posted due to the high volume of resumes that they receive.

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Steven in Austin, Texas

54 months ago

I agree with !!!

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roco media in Accra, Ghana

53 months ago

i am the best designer on Earth, but no one would hire me, whats up?

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mcgrathcreative2@*****.*** in Colorado Springs, Colorado

25 months ago

Host said: What are typical graphics designer salaries? Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

I worked for Mattel, Lands End and Better Homes and Gardens. A top earner might make $75,000, but you have to go where the jobs are as in be willing to relocate. Starting positions are still in the mid twenties.

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mcgrathcreative2@*****.*** in Colorado Springs, Colorado

25 months ago

roco media in Accra, Ghana said: i am the best designer on Earth, but no one would hire me, whats up?

The market is tough, I have a Master's degree in graphic communications, have worked for Better Homes & Gardens, Mattel and Lands' End. When I decided I wanted to stay in Colorado Spring, CO, USA I could not find a job even after 3 years of desperate hunting, so that is why I started freelancing. SO even with my experience it is tough these days. Unless you are willing to relocate.

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vinxy in Duluth, Georgia

17 days ago

mcgrathcreative2@*****.*** in Colorado Springs, Colorado said: The market is tough, I have a Master's degree in graphic communications , have worked for Better Homes & Gardens, Mattel and Lands' End. When I decided I wanted to stay in Colorado Spring, CO, USA I could not find a job even after 3 years of desperate hunting, so that is why I started freelancing. SO even with my experience it is tough these days. Unless you are willing to relocate.

I AGREE. Even if you live in the suburbs of a huge city travel/commute can be well over an hour on an average day. They should warn students and let them know that they have to be able to get to the office.
Working from home has some great advantages but some of the disadvantages is that you dont get as much input about current trends, access to your tools, like software, clip art. stock photography that you have to pay for yourself. Not to mention insurance benefits.
It is good to try and maintain a freelance gig even with a full time job since jobs can be very unstable.
Ever since I got laid off from my job of 6 years back in '09 Ive just been contracting. It doesnt look impressive on a resume but it keeps me working, making contacts and money.

Anyway, that was waaay too long.
Good luck and I hope you at least get a salary in the 40s.

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