Starting out in design? You should still get a fair wage

Starting salaries are a contentious subject among designers, not least because of the grey areas that lie between placements, freelancing and permanent staff. The industry has changed dramatically over the last few years, but have starting salaries and options really kept up?

There are plenty of choices when starting out. Do you take a placement or do an internship? What kind of agency or studio environment do you want to work in? Or do you start out on your own? Within my first five years of work I'd done all three. All of these affect salary expectations, and it can be hard to be honest with ourselves about the importance of money when we are supposed to only care about the work.

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