Graphic Design Salary Transparency 💸
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AIGA Eye on Design has put this form and spreadsheet together to encourage transparency and equity in the design industry. While the data collected in the spreadsheet will by no means be a perfect overview of the industry, it’s our belief that eliminating salary speculation is one vital step in moving towards a more progressive, diverse, inclusive, and fair work environment in design. For more about the motivations behind organizing the spreadsheet, please read the following: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/its-time-for-graphic-design-to-embrace-the-radical-potential-of-salary-transparency-%f0%9f%92%b8/
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Name of Company/ Studio/ Agency/ Organization/ Institution. OR: Region, type of company/employer, and/or # of employees at place of employmentJob titleSalary (per annum, or state otherwise)City/Region CountryYears of experience TOTALLY optional: Identify your gender or preferred pronounsTOTALLY optional: Identify your race with your preferred designationTOTALLY optional: Sexual orientation What is your highest educational qualification? (i.e. high school, BA, MFA, etc.)Starting salary at current place of employmentYear of starting salary Do you have benefits? If so, please specify (i.e. health, 401k matching, life insurance, etc.)What is your company’s parental leave policy? If none, please note.Notes: please feel free to put any additional relevant information about your role here.
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1Designer$40,000AtlantaUnited States9HerWhiteStraight2 Years CollegeFreelance
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1Freelance Designer
~400/day when hired, 55k/year
NYCUSA6She/HerMFA

Pay own health insurance, 1k/month
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1Freelance graphic designerRs. 3,96,000MumbaiIndia2FemaleIndianStraight
Diploma in Visual Communication
2019
Nope because I'm a freelancer
None
I work for 2 places on a part-time agreement. On an average per day I work 4-5 hours and sometimes there are working weekends but I get a lot of time to do side projects
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Freelance graphic designer/illustrator
20 000StrasbourgFrance4femaleMaster 5 0002016nonone
in house studio, one person
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4Graphic & UX Designer32,000MontrealCanada6She, herCaucasianStraightBA30,0001
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5Designer67000New York CityUS3Female BFA670002019Health
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10Designer45,000New YorkUSA5
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10Graphic Designer47,500New York CityUSA5MaleWhiteStraightBFA40,0002017
75% of health insurance covered
None
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14Mid-Level Designer47,500NYCUSA3
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15Senior Designer63,000NYCUSA8
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30Designer43,500NYCUSA5malewhite
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40UI/UX Design75,000Richmond, VAUnited States6FLatamBA450002016
A bunch. Health vision dental learning budget. Lunch every week. Free week of vaca at the end of the year. 401k . hsa
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45junior designer38,000NYCUSA2he/himwhite
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50Graphic designer40k paLAUSA0FemaleStraightBFANoNone
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50Sr Art Director84500Buffalo, NYUSA23MBS790002016
Health, 401k, pension, life, dental, vision, disability
8 weeks
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70Junior Designer$45,000PhiladelphiaUnited States2Female, She, HerHispanic/LatinaStraightBFA$45,0002019
health, 401k matching, life insurance
12 weeks for fathers, 16 weeks for Mothers, 6 weeks paid in full, option to use 3 weeks of PTO
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120Product Design Lead120000New YorkUnited States6HimWhiteCisBA1050002017Yes
10 weeks paid for secondary caregiver, up to 42 additional weeks unpaid
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150Design Director93,000Bellevue, WAUSA10He/himCaucasianStraightBS650002015Health, 401k, lifeNoneNot a very defined role
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200Marketing designer43500ZwolleNederland5FemaleHbo32015Pension
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250Art Director 102,000Los AngelesUSA25BFA80,0002007Health, 401k MatchNot sure
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250Art Director 102,000Los AngelesUSA25BFA80,0002007Health, 401k MatchNot sure
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300Creative technologist 65,000New York United states1Bfa Don’t know 1Yes Don’t know
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350Graphic Designer68,000Portland, ORUSA6she/herBFA68,0002019health, 401k
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400Associate Designer66000BostonUnited States1She/Her/HersAsianBFA660001HealthUnknown
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1,000Graphic designer 93,000Los Angeles USA 7FemaleWhiteStraightBfa
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4800Design Manager89000AustinUS10MaleWhiteStraightHS850002018
Health, 401k matching, PTO
4 weeks
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Private Company / full time / 50employeesGraphic Designer38,000Fort WorthU.S.1FBA38,000health, 401k matching1 month
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-PodiumProduction Designer45,000Lehi, UtahUnited States1FemaleWhiteBS45,0002019
Health, vision, dental, 401k matching
Moms get 3 months, dads get 6 weeks
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“Integrated branding agency” 20-60 employees
Designer47,850Raleigh, NCUSA3.5FemaleWhiteBFA40,0002016
401k (sometimes matching), life insurance, free parking, $500 have-a-life fund
3 months
Layoffs often, shady leadership
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+10,000Chief Brand Officer220,000
San Francisco Bay Area
USA23FemaleMDes123,0002009
Health, life, pension, 401k, pet, supplemental, AD&D, paid sick days,
Take disability + vacation days
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< 10 person startupProduct Design Lead90,000Bay Area CAUSA6She/herWhiteHeterosexualBA85,0002016
Health, vision, dental, stock
Not sure
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< 50 employees, StartupSr. Product Designer100,000SeattleUSA10She/HerWhiteStraightBA75,0002014
Health/Dental/Vision, 401k (no match)
2 weeks paid, 12 weeks off total
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< 50 employees, tech startupSenior Product Designer105,000Denver, COUSA7FemaleWhiteHeterosexualBA85,0002017
health, vision, dental, 401k matching, life insurance, FMLA, maternity/paternity leave,
i know it has maternal/paternal leave, not sure on the details
left and came back to the role with a promotion and pay increase
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<10 person design agencyAssociate Creative Director80,000New YorkUSA6FemaleWhiteBFA80,0002018
health and dental insurance
3 months
flexible vacation days and WFH structure
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<100 Bay Area Tech StartupSr Visual Designer165,000San FranciscoUnited States6FemaleWhiteStraightBFA165,0002019
health / dental / vision, 401k (no matching), life insurance, unlimited vacation, some catered meals, flexible work from home policy, equity
Equity in addition to salary
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<120 Bay Area Tech StartupProduct Designer100,000San FranciscoUnited States6she/herwhitepansexualBFA90,0002018
vision/dental/health, free lunch, 401k (no matching), phone + spotify ($40/month), $70/month transit, unlimited vacation
none
Most of our employees (<80) are in Bangalore (mostly engineering)
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<15 people Architecture officeDesigner
$30/hr for 20 hours per week, contract
Austin , TXUSA4FemaleWhiteStraightMaster of Architecture Unchanged2019NoUnknown
Contract, part time, salary above equalized for full time annual
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<35 employees, Full-Service Ad AgencyGraphic Designer$44,900Austin, TX
United States of America
5malewhitestraight BFA35,0002015
health insurance, 401k part-matching, 2 weeks paid vacation
strong
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<50Graphics Director80,850SoutheastUSA17FemaleWhiteStraightBA26,0002000
Yes - health, 401k profit share, life insurance, esop
12 weeks maternity leave
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<50 Branding/ Design AgencyGraphic Designer£24,000BirminghamUK10HND£12,0002011
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<50 employee LA based lifestyle brandProduct Designer
$21/hour (40 hours/week)
Los Angeles, CAUS2FemaleBFA
$16/hour ($40/week)
2018
Health and life insurance, 401k
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<50 employeesMotion Graphics Designer$45,000Portland, ORUSA3MaleAsian/whiteStraightBS$500/week2018health, vision, dental, 401k4 weeks
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<50 employees, jewelry comanyGraphic Designer$15,000Syracuse, NY AreaUnited States3FemaleWhiteStraightBFA$15,0002019NoneNone
Was told during interview process the position would become full-time within 3 months, still only part time working 20hr a week
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<50 Membership Organization
Graphic Designer (Communications Design & Marketing)
49,000Bellevue, WAUSA5She/HerWhiteHeteroBFA49,0002019
401K Match, Health Insurance, Life Insurance
not sure
currently the only graphic designer on staff
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<60 pplGraphic Design Director$150,000Chicago, ILUSA11BFA$85,0002014
Health, 401k matching, life insurance, vision, dental, continued learning, profit sharing
Minimum state requirements
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>100 Employee Media AgencyDesigner50,000BostonUnited States3FemaleWhiteHeterosexualBFA45,0002018Yes12 weeks paid
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>100 employeesProductiond designer60,000MAUnited States5MaleBA40,0002016
Health, life, vision/dental, 401k contribution
8 weeks for either parent
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>100 open source software companyUX DesignerUS$ 78000Germany6FemaleWhiteBAUS$ 780002019
benefits provided by German law (Health, state pension), 401k equivalent is granted after end of probational period, paid travel and conference attendance options
by your residence country's regulation
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>200 employees, fintech startup Senior designer $100,000New York, NYUSA6FemaleWhiteStraightBA$75,0002017
Health/dental/vision insurance, employee education stipend, can WFH, flexible PTO, equity, catered lunches once a week
12 weeks for women, I think 6 weeks for men
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>250 employees Tech DistributorGraphic desinger67,000AucklandNew Zealand5FemaleAsianBA65,0002018life insurance.
3 month paid maternity leave
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~125 person non-profit organizationGraphic Designer$46,800Chicago, ILUnited States4FemaleWhiteStraightBA$42,5002017
Health, vision and dental insurance, life insurance, 401k matching, PTO
Unsure
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~20 person creative agencyWeb Designer47,000PortlandUSA5She, HerWhiteBisexualBFA47,0002018
Health, 401k, Life, Disability, PTO
Unsure
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~250, Chicago Hospitality Group
Art Director & Beverage Director
62500Chicago, ILUnited States12Male (he/him/his)WhiteHeterosexualBA400002016
Health Insurance, Life Insurance
None
Combination Art Director / Beverage Director since neither is seen as a "full time position" (lol)
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~300 person tech startupSenior Product Designer130,000NYCUnited States7femalewhitequeerBFA130,0002019
Health/Dental/Vision, Life insurance, Flexible (No Cap) PTO, Dog-friendly, weekly lunches, global wework access
not sure
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~40 people independent agencySenior Interaction Designer118,000MelbourneAustralia8FemaleMixed~Bachelor degree110,0002018SuperUnsure
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~500 Packaging and Branding DesignSenior Designer69,500Chicago, IllinoisUSA8FemaleWhiteStraightBFA$56,5002016
Health (includes eye and dental), HSA contribution, 401K matching
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~75, Digital AgencyDesigner60,000 GBPLondonUK7MaleWhiteStraightBA60,000 GBP2020
A lot! Health, phone, flexi-time, lots of holiday, free lunches etc.
Bonus + Benefits + Leave
Non-hierarchical structure, hence just "designer" title.
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1 employeeFreelance Graphic Designer$18.50/hourRemote WorkIreland & USA8FemaleWhiteBA$18.502019No, I freelance26 Weeks (Ireland)
I just started a new role as a part-time designer. If they took me on full-time, I would start to gain benefits.
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1 FreelancerGraphic Designer9,600€PortoPortugal10MaleCaucasianHeterosexualBA Graphic Design 12,00€ per hour2009No
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1 personGraphic Design Art Director50 k eurosBerlinGermany 10MaleEuropeanHeteroBA
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1-person branding studio
Freelance Graphic Designer/Owner
$48,000Japan/California6She/herWhiteBA, BFAN/aSpouse’s health insuranceN/a
Previously worked as in house graphic designer at action sports company for 3 years ($43k/yr, San Diego), moved to and started small business to go freelance full time (1 year so far)
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1,000 employeesJunior Graphic Designer$56,000SeattleUnited States2.25she/herwhitepansexualBA$56,0002019
401k matching, life insurance, 3 weeks PTO, health insurance, donation matching, $1,000 educational stipend
4 weeks paid
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10 person Brand AgencyJunior Designer55,000New YorkUnited States3MaleAsian AmericanStraightBA55,0001health insurancenot sure
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10-15 employeesGraphic Designer$37,500DelawareUSA4MaleWhiteStraightBFA$37,5002018Health/DentalNot sure
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10-15 employees. Design studio UI designer 52,000Vancouver Canada 2She/HerMaster of Design40,000
Basic coverage for prescription meds. Some dental and vision.
None.
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10-person branding studioDesigner50,000ChicagoUSA1she/herwhiteheterosexualBA48,0002018Health insuranceNot sure
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100, Architecture FirmJr Designer38,000Houston, TXUnited States2FemaleWhiteStraight
Associate Degree in Graphic Design
38,0002018Health, 401k
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100+Graphic Designer$40,000TexasUnited States4They/themWhiteQueerBFA
Health, 401k Matching, Life Insurance
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100+Graphic Designer30,000Frederick, MarylandUSA8she/her, cisgenderwhitegayMS
health insurance, life insurance, profit sharing
6 weeks
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100+ employeesGraphic Designer50,000Chattanooga, TNUSA3MaleCaucasian HeterosexualBA40,0002018
Health, dental, vision, 401k matching, life
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1000 employeesgraphic designer£ 50.000LondonUK5MaleWhiteStraight MA£ 50.0001life insurance, dental2 weeks paternity leave
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11 employees agency Graphic Designer500 BD (1,298 $)Middle east ?Bahrain0.5FemaleArabianBA450 BD (1,168$)2019
Nothing , but we can get prepaid workshops
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110 employees, tech/creative agencygraphic designer52,000baltimoreUnited States1female, she/herwhitebi
BFA in graphic design, minor in mass comm
22/hrjune 2018
health, dental, and life insurance, short or long term disability, 401k matching, etc
i think the same as maternal
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12 Full Time EmployeesDesign + Marketing Mananger40000Kalamazoo, MIUnited States5She, her, hersWhiteHeteroBFA Graphic Design320002016
100% Health Insurance Covered, 401k with up to 6% match, life insurance, 19 days of PTO
2 weeks plus pto. But not very clear and transparent.
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12 person startupProduct Designer85,000SeattleUSA2He/HimMixedCis StraightBA85,0002019Health3 months paid leave
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120 employeesHead of Graphics£58,000LondonUK11FemaleWhiteStraightMasters
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120 person media startupSenior Product Designer$125,000NYCUSA5BA$100,0002017Health, 401k
6mo primary, 3mo secondary
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130+Design Specialist70000
Greater Chicago Area
USA1FemaleAsianStraightMS700001
health, 401k matching, life insurance
Not sureUI designer basically
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15 people, design consultancyDesign lead117,000Chicago, ILUSA11FemaleWhite / hispanicHeterosexualBFA100,0002018
health / dental / eye / life insurance, 401k matching, learning budget, misc
4 months
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15 person Branding/Packaging StudioMid-Level Designer60,000OaklandUnited States3.5BA60,0002
75% Health Care coverage, 401k 3%match
None
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15-person consulting firmArt Director$66,000Richmond, VAUSA20femalewhiteheteroBA$55,0001
medical, dental, retirement, life
3 months paid
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150-200 person ad agencyJunior Designer44,000Cleveland, OhioUnited States1FemaleWhiteStraightBFA38,0002018
Health, 401k matching, life insurance, unlimited pto, flex hours
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150+, Insurance Company
Graphic Web Designer/Developer
61,500Central FloridaUSA16FemaleAsianBisexual
High School, some college
60,0002017
Health, 401K matching, life insurance
Requires that you have Short Term Disability Insurance
Also do corporate headshots for company and video editing. Travel required sometimes but not in job description. Total compensation is $72,543.66.
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150ish employees; private for-profit educational company
Sr. UX Designer$105,000Minneapolis, MNUSA7Female (she/her)Caucasian BisexualBA89,0002015
High deductible health, HSA, 401K 3% match, life insurance, vision, dental
Up to 12 weeks, unpaid
While the job title is Sr. UX, I really function as more of a UX lead/product design lead.
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16-person Production HouseMotion Graphic Designer20.38/hrDowners Grove, ILUS4FemaleWhiteStraightBFA20.38/hr2018NoneN/A
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16, design studiodesigner43,500nycusa 5he/himwhitestraight
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2 person branding studioOwner / designer18000€ per yearBratislavaSlovakia10MA
Self employed, variable
2010NoNone
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2 person design and marketing teamGraphic Design Assistant22,000IllinoisUSA3MaleWhiteStraightBFA22,0002019NoNone
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2,000+Communications Coordinator$28 hourlyOregonUSA10SheCaucasianStraightBA
$23 or 24 per hour (don't remember)
2016
Health, employee life insurance, vacation/sick time, deferred comp with 1 or 2% employee match.
State-mandated minimum. Unpaid.
Government organization. AFSCME union.
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20 employee design firm (web, print, video)
Creative Director$110,000Boston, MAUSA18femalewhiteheterosexual BA 43,0002005health, 401k matching2 weeks paid
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20 employeesGraphic designer15000BilbaoSpain6Malecaucasian
Higher Level Training Cycle
500020148 weeks
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20 person tech startupLead Designer$100,000New YorkUSA9MaleWhiteHeterosexualBAHealth, 401kNone
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20-25 employeesArt Director$82,000Greater PhiladelphiaUSA8FemaleWhiteBisexualBS
Health, dental, 401k matching
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200 employees, software company, Minneapolis
sr design manager90000MinneapolisUnited States12femaleBA x 2680002017
health, life, 401k, unlimited pto, professional development
we have it for both genders
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200+ person agencyUI Designer$59,000ChicagoUSA7Female, she/herWhiteQueer/BiBFA$57,0002018
Health, dental, 401k matching, life insurance, charitable donation matching, free Friday lunch, unlimited PTO
6 weeks paid
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25 employeesGraphic Design35,500Upstate NYUS3Trans MaleWhiteQueerBFA35,5002019
401k matching, life, health insurance
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