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Each year, AIGA and Aquent join forces to conduct an extensive compensation survey for the communication design profession—the largest of its kind.
The 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.
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.
In 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.
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)
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)
data on compensation, the 2008 report included observations from
established designers on factors beyond compensation that make a
View the full 2008 survey (PDF)
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.
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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Layoffs are a fact of life in the design profession. With unemployment at 7.7 percent nationally, and with firms learning to operate leaner
in order to remain competitive in a very crowded market, I've assembled a
list of warning signs that you might be laid off, and what steps you should take to achieve the most favorable outcome.
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