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Graphic Designer Average Salary in Sri Lanka 2020

How much money does a Graphic Designer make in Sri Lanka?

Average Monthly Salary
79,100 LKR
( 949,000 LKR yearly)


A person working as a Graphic Designer in Sri Lanka typically earns around 79,100 LKR per month. Salaries range from 36,400 LKR (lowest) to 126,000 LKR (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 Sri Lanka

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

  • Salary Range

    Graphic Designer salaries in Sri Lanka range from 36,400 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 126,000 LKR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 85,400 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 85,400 LKR while the other half are earning more than 85,400 LKR. 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 54,800 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 54,800 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 114,000 LKR while 25% are earning more than 114,000 LKR.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Sri Lanka Graphic Designer
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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 41,300 LKR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 55,200 LKR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 81,500 LKR 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 99,400 LKR 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 108,000 LKR 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 117,000 LKR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Graphic Designer average salary change by experience in Sri Lanka

0 - 2 Years
41,300 LKR
2 - 5 Years+34%
55,200 LKR
5 - 10 Years+48%
81,500 LKR
10 - 15 Years+22%
99,400 LKR
15 - 20 Years+9%
108,000 LKR
20+ Years+8%
117,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.

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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 50,700 LKR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 59,600 LKR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 86,400 LKR 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 113,000 LKR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Graphic Designer average salary difference by education level in Sri Lanka

High School
50,700 LKR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
59,600 LKR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
86,400 LKR
Master's Degree+31%
113,000 LKR
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 Sri Lanka costs anywhere from 577,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(s) to 1,730,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka earn 26% more than their female counterparts.

69,900 LKR
88,300 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sri Lanka for all Careers

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Graphic Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sri Lanka

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

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Graphic Designer(s) in Sri Lanka are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka Graphic Designer
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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.

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Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka
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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 Sri Lanka is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Sri Lanka 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.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% 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 Sri Lanka earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
111,000 LKR
Public Sector+8%
119,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Graphic Designer Salary Trend and Forecast in Sri Lanka

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 Sri Lanka Graphic Designer
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Average Salary 2016
68,400 LKR
Average Salary 2017+4%
70,900 LKR
Average Salary 2018+4%
73,600 LKR
Average Salary 2019+4%
76,300 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Graphic Designer salaries in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka

460 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 460 LKR. This means that the average Graphic Designer in Sri Lanka earns approximately 460 LKR 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 Sri Lanka
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The average salary for Graphic Designer is 22% 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 Executive126,000 LKR+59%
Advertising Account Manager87,700 LKR+11%
Advertising Account Planner88,100 LKR+11%
Advertising Coordinator109,000 LKR+38%
Advertising Manager145,000 LKR+83%
Advertising Operations Manager134,000 LKR+69%
Advertising Strategic Planner98,800 LKR+25%
Advertising Team Leader99,400 LKR+26%
Animator81,500 LKR+3%
Art Director118,000 LKR+49%
Artist107,000 LKR+35%
Artworker78,900 LKR-0%
Assistant Art Director97,400 LKR+23%
Audiosual Technician89,300 LKR+13%
Broadcast Administrator125,000 LKR+58%
Catering Sales84,500 LKR+7%
Catering Trainer120,000 LKR+52%
Commercial and Industrial Designer93,500 LKR+18%
Conference Organiser89,100 LKR+13%
Content and Media Production Lead108,000 LKR+37%
CopyWriter94,600 LKR+20%
Creative Designer113,000 LKR+43%
Creative Director126,000 LKR+59%
Designer 65,400 LKR-17%
Desktop Publisher78,300 LKR-1%
Director of Graphic Design119,000 LKR+50%
Events and Promotions Manager125,000 LKR+58%
Exhibit Display Coordinator91,300 LKR+15%
Exhibit Display Manager107,000 LKR+35%
Finisher76,300 LKR-4%
Graphic Artist117,000 LKR+48%
Graphic Designer79,100 LKR+0%
Graphics Design Supervisor103,000 LKR+30%
Imagery Analyst79,900 LKR+1%
Imaging Technologist80,200 LKR+1%
Interaction Designer74,300 LKR-6%
Media Planner99,600 LKR+26%
Media Production Coordinator93,900 LKR+19%
Media Production Manager102,000 LKR+29%
Media Project Manager109,000 LKR+38%
Media Relations Representative126,000 LKR+59%
Media Sales Executive134,000 LKR+69%
Multimedia Specialist81,600 LKR+3%
Photographer78,300 LKR-1%
PPC Campaign Manager117,000 LKR+48%
Print Production Manager114,000 LKR+44%
Product and Brand Manager140,000 LKR+77%
Sales Promotion Manager135,000 LKR+71%
Sketch Artist88,600 LKR+12%
Social Media Executive132,000 LKR+67%
Technical Typist92,300 LKR+17%
User Experience UX Designer89,900 LKR+14%
UX Designer84,000 LKR+6%

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