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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 amongst 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,170
25th Percentile Wage
$38,470
50th Percentile Wage
$54,390
75th Percentile Wage
$73,640
90th Percentile Wage
$96,720

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 $96,720. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,170.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.50
25th Percentile Wage
$18.50
50th Percentile Wage
$26.15
75th Percentile Wage
$35.40
90th Percentile Wage
$46.50

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for graphic designers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $46.50. The median hourly salary is $26.15. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.50.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of graphic designers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,3900.59%3.81%
201554,0700.67%-
201453,7103.17%-
201352,010-0.60%-
201252,320--

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 $37,080 to $72,470. The highest paying area for graphic designers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $72,470. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $67,250). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $37,080.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$72,470
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$67,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$65,210
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$60,290
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$60,190
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$54,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$53,930
Vallejo-Fairfield
$51,850
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$51,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$50,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$50,100
Visalia-Porterville
$49,730
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$49,470
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$48,810
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$48,000
Stockton
$47,940
Napa
$47,250
Fresno
$45,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$43,970
Modesto
$42,460
Salinas
$42,350
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$41,180
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$41,120
Redding
$37,630
Chico
$37,600
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,170
Bakersfield-Delano
$37,080


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