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  • AIGA|Aquent Salary Survey

    Each year, AIGA and Aquent join forces to conduct an extensive compensation survey for the communication design profession—the largest of its kind.

    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2013

    Salary Survey 2013The 2013 survey includes resources from more than 10,000 design professionals nationwide and features an interactive overview of compensation and a comparison calculator. For methodological reasons, results for solo designers were reported in a separate table rather than in the salary calculator.

    See the results online at designsalaries.aiga.org, and log in as an AIGA member to use the interactive salary calculator.

    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2012

    Salary survey 2012 The 2012 survey included resources from more than 8,000 design professionals nationwide and featured insights from respondents as well as a comparison calculator for AIGA members.


    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2011

    Salary survey 2011In 2011, AIGA and Aquent expanded the list of positions and descriptions to include a broader cross section of the design industry. Responses were collected from more than 7,000 design professionals and a new interactive format was launched online to help hiring managers, designers and students evaluate compensation trends across the profession and throughout the country.


    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2010

    Salary Survey 2010 The 2010 survey draws from the largest pool to date of designers and others allied with the profession nationwide, and includes responses from more than 7,500 design professionals.

    View the full 2010 survey (PDF)


    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2009

    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2009 In addition to compensation data, the 2009 report included essays written by design professionals offering advice on staying competitive in a turbulent economy.

    View the full 2009 survey (PDF)


    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2008

    AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2008Supplementing data on compensation, the 2008 report included observations from established designers on factors beyond compensation that make a career satisfying.

    View the full 2008 survey (PDF)


    About the survey

    The AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries is commissioned annually by AIGA, with the support of Aquent, AIGA’s Official Sponsor for Professional Development, and in cooperation with Communication Arts magazine. As the principal source of information on the design economy, AIGA produces this salary survey as part of a comprehensive program of activities developed to serve the professional designer with strategies for success.

    AIGA Survey Partner


    Aquent is the only global staffing company dedicated to creative, marketing and digital roles exclusively for Fortune 1000 companies. The world’s most renowned global brands come to Aquent for high-caliber freelance talent. Its new division, Vitamin T, provides small, mid-sized and ad agency clients with faster, easier access to in-demand interactive talent. Aquent and Vitamin T have built an impressive global network of marketing and creative services professionals, including print and interactive designers, UX designers and developers, copywriters, brand managers, market researchers, and more. For more information, go to www.aquent.com.

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