I had a thought today. I got offered a graphic designer job a few weeks back for $45,000 + super at a creative design studio in Brisbane. Then I saw an ad for a graphic designer for a government agency for about $60,000 (same level). I also saw a similar salary package for a position advertised at a construction agency in-house studio. For the govt agencies the templates and styles are set, you don’t do a lot of creative thinking and collaboration/input… Whereas a lot of that happens in a creative graphic design studio….. Yet the pay is so much less! I think it’s disgraceful that being a creative and artistic individual is so undervalued. Shouldn’t you get paid more if you are creative and less if you’re purely working from existing templates and doing finished artwork/production?
What do you guys think?