Pay rates for graphic designers depend on their experience, skill and employer.
A graduate graphic designer usually earns $32,000 to $50,000 a year.
Intermediate graphic designers with three to five years' experience usually earn between $45,000 and $65,000.
Senior graphic designers with more than five years' experience may earn $65,000 to $85,000.
Source : Careers New Zealand research, 2016.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Graphic designers may do some or all of the following :
discuss and analyse the requirements and purpose of the project with their client
discuss how to approach the project with colleagues
develop design ideas by researching and brainstorming with colleagues
prepare sketches, instructions and layout diagrams
suggest production methods, materials and costs
show design ideas to the client
receive client feedback and alter the design accordingly.
Skills and knowledge
Graphic designers need to have :
knowledge of art materials and techniques
the ability to use colour and design effectively
expertise in printing and production methods
knowledge of advertising and marketing, and how people think and react to visual images
awareness of current market trends
artistic ability, including good sketching, drawing and painting skills
the ability to use computed-aided design (CAD) software
ability to use digital technology to aid in the creative / presentation process
the ability to understand clients' needs and turn them into suitable designs.
Graphic designers :
usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
usually work in offices and studios, but may also work from home or travel locally to attend photo shoots
work in conditions that may be stressful due to deadlines.
To become a graphic designer, you usually need a tertiary qualification in graphic design, media arts or visual communication.
You also usually require a portfolio of work to show prospective employers.
Four years of secondary education, to NCEA Level 2, is preferred. Useful subjects include art, art history, design, technical drawing, photography, English and maths.
Graphic designers need to be :
accurate, with an eye for detail
able to accept criticism
able to work well under pressure
good at communicating, and able to work well in a team.
Useful experience for graphic designers includes :
art or design work or courses
advertising or marketing work
publishing or printing work
media production work
typographic work (for example, working with type, font and page layout).