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Graphic Designer Average Salary in Portugal 2020

How much money does a Graphic Designer make in Portugal?

Average Monthly Salary
3,360 EUR
( 40,300 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Graphic Designer in Portugal typically earns around 3,360 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,540 EUR (lowest) to 5,340 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Graphic Designer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Graphic Designer Salary Distribution in Portugal

Median and salary distribution monthly Portugal Graphic Designer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Graphic Designer salaries in Portugal range from 1,540 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,340 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,620 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 3,620 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,620 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 2,330 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,330 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 4,840 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,840 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Graphic Designer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Graphic Designer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Graphic Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,750 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,340 EUR per month, 33% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,460 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Graphic Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,220 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,600 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,980 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Graphic Designer average salary change by experience in Portugal

0 - 2 Years
1,750 EUR
2 - 5 Years+33%
2,340 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,460 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,220 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,600 EUR
20+ Years+8%
4,980 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Graphic Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Graphic Designer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Portugal Graphic Designer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Graphic Designer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Graphic Designer is 2,150 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,530 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,670 EUR per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 4,810 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Graphic Designer average salary difference by education level in Portugal

High School
2,150 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
2,530 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
3,670 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
4,810 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Portugal costs anywhere from 24,300 Euro(s) to 72,800 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Graphic Designer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal Graphic Designer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Graphic Designer employees in Portugal earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

3,240 EUR
3,470 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Graphic Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Graphic Designer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Portugal / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Graphic Designer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal Graphic Designer
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A Graphic Designer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Graphic Designer employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,730 EUR
Public Sector+6%
5,010 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Graphic Designer Salary Trend and Forecast in Portugal

How are Graphic Designer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Portugal Graphic Designer
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Average Salary 2016
2,900 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,010 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
3,120 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
3,240 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Graphic Designer salaries in Portugal are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Graphic Designer Average Hourly Wage in Portugal

19 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 19 EUR. This means that the average Graphic Designer in Portugal earns approximately 19 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Graphic Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Graphic Designer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Graphic Designer is 21% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 12% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive4,610 EUR+37%
Advertising Account Manager3,620 EUR+8%
Advertising Account Planner3,630 EUR+8%
Advertising Coordinator4,100 EUR+22%
Advertising Manager5,860 EUR+75%
Advertising Operations Manager5,100 EUR+52%
Advertising Strategic Planner4,110 EUR+22%
Advertising Team Leader3,940 EUR+17%
Animator3,100 EUR-8%
Art Director4,360 EUR+30%
Artist4,000 EUR+19%
Artworker3,280 EUR-2%
Assistant Art Director3,850 EUR+15%
Audiosual Technician3,230 EUR-4%
Broadcast Administrator4,860 EUR+45%
Catering Sales3,210 EUR-4%
Catering Trainer4,410 EUR+31%
Commercial and Industrial Designer3,660 EUR+9%
Conference Organiser3,490 EUR+4%
Content and Media Production Lead4,320 EUR+29%
CopyWriter3,570 EUR+6%
Creative Designer4,520 EUR+35%
Creative Director4,610 EUR+37%
Designer 2,540 EUR-24%
Desktop Publisher3,290 EUR-2%
Director of Graphic Design4,660 EUR+39%
Events and Promotions Manager5,260 EUR+57%
Exhibit Display Coordinator3,730 EUR+11%
Exhibit Display Manager4,250 EUR+27%
Finisher3,080 EUR-8%
Graphic Artist4,230 EUR+26%
Graphic Designer3,360 EUR+0%
Graphics Design Supervisor4,020 EUR+20%
Imagery Analyst3,420 EUR+2%
Imaging Technologist3,340 EUR-0%
Interaction Designer2,880 EUR-14%
Media Planner4,110 EUR+22%
Media Production Coordinator3,790 EUR+13%
Media Production Manager3,980 EUR+19%
Media Project Manager3,890 EUR+16%
Media Relations Representative4,700 EUR+40%
Media Sales Executive4,900 EUR+46%
Multimedia Specialist3,400 EUR+1%
Photographer3,130 EUR-7%
PPC Campaign Manager4,300 EUR+28%
Print Production Manager4,400 EUR+31%
Product and Brand Manager5,840 EUR+74%
Sales Promotion Manager5,120 EUR+53%
Sketch Artist3,230 EUR-4%
Social Media Executive4,860 EUR+45%
Technical Typist3,880 EUR+16%
User Experience UX Designer3,600 EUR+7%
UX Designer3,290 EUR-2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal2,800 EUR
Lisbon3,440 EUR
Porto3,330 EUR
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