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Graphic Designers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for graphic designers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of graphic designers among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Graphic Designers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,610
25th Percentile Wage
$39,650
50th Percentile Wage
$54,670
75th Percentile Wage
$72,360
90th Percentile Wage
$94,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for graphic designers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $94,860. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,610.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of graphic designers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$54,670
0.51% 4.30%
2016
$54,390
0.59% -
2015
$54,070
0.67% -
2014
$53,710
3.17% -
2013
$52,010
-0.60% -
2012
$52,320
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Graphic Designers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of graphic designers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of graphic designers in state of California ranges from $34,250 to $68,380. The highest paying area for graphic designers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $68,380. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $65,510). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $34,250.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$68,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$65,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$64,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$58,730
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$58,650
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$55,450
Merced
$55,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$53,470
Napa
$51,620
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$51,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$50,970
Vallejo-Fairfield
$50,580
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$50,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$50,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$49,610
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$49,310
Salinas
$48,230
Visalia-Porterville
$47,430
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$45,160
Modesto
$44,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$44,360
Fresno
$40,230
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$38,960
Stockton
$38,910
Chico
$37,500
Redding
$37,150
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,110
Bakersfield-Delano
$34,250




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