What does it take to get a job with Pentagram? What is it like working at Pentagram? ACR takes a look:
Pentagram is one of the world’s oldest graphic design firms. While many industry professionals consider Pentagram to be one of the oldest graphic design firms in the world, the company considers itself the world’s largest independent design consultancy. Whether Pentagram is one of the oldest graphic design firms in the world, the largest independent design consultancy in the world or both, what’s clear is, this high-end agency has one of the world’s most outstanding portfolios of work, spanning five successful decades.
Pentagram specializes in graphic design and according to the company website, it designs everything: architecture, interiors, products, identities, publications, posters, books, exhibitions, websites, and digital installations. Pentagram has created designs and identities for high profile clients such as Nissan, Citibank, the Whitney Museum of American Art, AirTran, Walgreens, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Metropolitan Opera, Grey Goose, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Princeton University, Armani Hotel Dubai, The Guggenheim, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Visit pentagram.com for the company’s entire client list.
Pentagram is home to 16 established partners and dozens of designers working in offices in New York, Austin, London, and Berlin.
Pentagram does not list job openings on its website. If you would like to inquire about working with the company (U.S. offices), you may call, write, fax or email:
204 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10010
T +212 683 7000
F +212 532 0181
E [email protected]
1508 West Fifth Street
Austin, Texas 78703
T +512 476 3076
F +512 476 5725
E [email protected]
Salaries for Pentagram employees vary depending on job responsibilities, skills, and education, but they are competitive within the industry. Pentagram does not list salaries on its website. However, sites such as Glassdoor.com offer salary information for various positions with any given company. The salaries are reported anonymously by employers and employees. As of September 2011, Glassdoor.com reported an average annual salary of $76,000 for Pentagram employees. Salaries for several positions were reported including:
- Graphic Designer: $38,000-$60,000
- Industrial Designer: $48,000-$52,000
- Information Designer: $48,000-$78,000
- Graphic Design Intern: $1,918-$2,066/month
- Graphic Designer (Hourly): $17-$18
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports average salaries for graphic designers by city and state. Graphic designers living in New York average $58,620 per year. Austin designers average $51,150 per year. Across the U.S., median annual wages for graphic designers were $42,400 in May 2008.
The middle 50 percent averaged between $32,600 and $56,620 per year. The lowest 10 percent averaged less than $26,110 per year, and the highest 10 percent averaged more than $74,660 per year. Designers in upper level positions averaged $95,000 per year and independent contractors averaged $57,000 per year. To compare salaries by city and state, visit www.bls.gov.
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