It is quite difficult to predict how much can you earn working as a designer, because there are a lot of factors that affects your salary.

Another important factor for you salary is your experience. This is also complex but what mainly matters is how many projects have you worked on, how many clients have you worked with and whether you worked in an agency or studio or not. Don’t be afraid if you don’t have any experience yet because there are many ways to start off, which I’m going to discuss later in this course.There can also be a critical difference in salary depending on what expertise you choose as a designer. You shouldn’t be a jack of all trades trying to be great at everything. You can be good at many things but you can be great in only one thing that you dedicate most of your time to. Generally speaking those can earn more who is into designing for the Web and mobile as these are the main channels of all business around the world. Print design is not be forgotten though, even if it is a bit less paid at the moment.

Here is a chart from Simply Hired showing average salaries for designers. The rates are annual and they are in US dollars.

Some useful info from UK based website called Prospects:
– Range of typical starting salaries for junior graphic designers: £14,000 – £25,000.
– A senior designer can earn £25,000 – £45,000.
– A creative director can make up to £65,000.
– An experienced and valued freelancer can earn up to £40 an hour. The rate increases for designers with impressive track records and recommendations.
– Salaries vary widely depending on the sector of employment, geographical location and the experience and reputation of the designer.

As a side note I wanted to also mention that doing what you are passionate about is almost as important as getting well paid for it, or maybe even more important. The pleasure of creating something new every day and pleasing your clients and their customers is priceless, but of course everyone needs to pay bills, taxes and buy things and for that you also need to get paid well. Overall a designer can earn good money with some years of experience and a good portfolio.

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Martin Perhiniak

Martin Perhiniak is a Certified Adobe Design Master and Instructor. He was voted to be one of the top 10 Adobe instructors in the world by student feedback in 2015. In his online courses besides the technical knowledge you need, Martin will also teach you a lot about design principles, compositional techniques and plenty of best practices that he picked up and developed while working as a designer and retoucher on projects such as Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story, BBC’s Dr Who or Mattel’s Team Hot Wheels. He feels it his mission to share his insights of the design industry and its latest trends with beginners and creative professionals around the World.

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