What is the average annual salary for a graphic designer in the US?
Between 48,000-73,000 depending on location. Median salary is about 54,000.
A freelance graphic designer has to charge much more hourly than the average graphic designer salary would indicate. You have to pay for insurance, tax and other overhead yourself, therefore there's no way you could run a successful business yourself with the "$20/hour" average graphic designer salary. Especially with the huge need for graphic designers in todays market, you probably shouldn't price yourself below $50/hour, even as a first-time or freshly out of college designer.
Its depends on which position they have like senior designer or junior designer. The salary and wage range varies quite a bit from location to location and the type of graphic designer you are such as website design VS billboard design. Typically graphic designers on average make 40,000 USD a year. Senior graphic designers tend to make a little more around 60,000 USD a year.