Salaries of Graphic Designers in the Medical Industry
Because of the lack of data on the salaries of medical graphic designers, here are two sources that give the earning stats of graphic designers in general. The numbers from these organizations should provide an insight into the earning potential of designers in the medical world:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that, “Median annual wages for graphic designers were $42,400 in May 2008."
The AIGA | Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2010 indicates the salary for an entry-level designer was $37, 500. How much do freelance graphic artists make? The same Survey result indicates that a solo designer made $56,000.
Medical illustrators earn more money. According to the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), in 2006, the annual salary for an entry-level illustrator ranged from $44,000 to $55,000 per year. AMI says that, “Approximately 43% of salaried illustrators often supplement their income with freelance work."
Let’s now turn the spotlight on the money full-time freelance medical illustrators make: AMI says that, based on the 2006 survey data again, the average annual income of independent illustrators was $65,000.