in a trade highschool going for graphic design, ive been looking into what you usually get for monthly salaries and im not finding a clear awnser, also planning on getting some sort of college type qualifications for gd also, if anybody has any info that would lead me the right way it would be greatly appreciated
Canadian here :
Average is from around $0 - C$60,000
Why do I say 0? You can attend a GD school and still be shit. Thus, no one will hire you for freelance and no firms will hire you. On the other hand, if you get in a nice cushy firm and over the years aim for seniority. You can usually make around 60k. That's around what my fathers current take home as a GD is.
There is no clear answer, it's a tradeskill. The better you are at your trade, the more valuable you are, the more you can make.
I bring in about 12k USD monthly working for myself
College for GD is essentially just training to get a job. However, you don't need college to get that training. I went to a 2 year trade school for design that was apart of my high school, then got a low paying job at a small agency.
mfw GD where I live is unappreciatted as fuck, i was making only 14K€ year before taxes..quit that shit to become a freelancer.. even worse now i have to compete with indians in freelance platforms
So I've got this thing in the past that's still bothering me. A small hat business (who gets decent exposure on the media) asked me to do poster and I delivered and worked straight for 24-36 hours. I had no idea how to quote back I asked for $100 and I don't think he wanted to work with me again despite the poster being really good and also too good for what he wanted. What do you guys think? Nevermind if it looks good or really good, just consider it a poster work.
I understand your frustration, but you're not finding a clean answer because there's not a clean answer to be found. It depends greatly on the size of the company, the level of the position (junior/senior), your experience, your ability to negotiate a salary, and most importantly, the location. A job that pays $40,000 in one location might pay $60,000 in another, just based on cost of living in that location. Check out this pdf:
Salary info starts on page 14 of the document, and the section after that shows you how to adjust based on location.