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Highest Paying Cities for Graphic Designers

The top 100 highest paying cities for graphic designers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of graphic designers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $68,380, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California is the highest paying city for graphic designers. It is followed by Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia (average annual salary $67,290). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of graphic designers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Graphic Designers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$68,380
3,610
2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$67,290
4,520
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$66,750
5,500
4 Framingham, Massachusetts
$66,310
430
5 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$65,510
1,750
6 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$65,090
980
7 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$65,020
90
8 St Marys County, Maryland
$64,920
40
9 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$64,860
6,090
10 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$64,830
160
11 San Rafael, USA
$64,670
420
12 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$62,830
330
13 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$62,740
18,360
14 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$62,450
1,010
15 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$62,450
740
16 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$61,980
14,620
17 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$61,240
3,120
18 Boulder, Colorado
$60,840
540
19 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$60,820
22,050
20 California-Lexington Park, USA
$60,640
30
21 Peabody, Massachusetts
$60,160
170
22 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$60,160
3,550
23 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$60,060
3,770
24 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$59,990
4,520
25 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$59,510
1,630
26 Gettysburg, USA
$58,860
50
27 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$58,730
2,070
28 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$58,650
130
29 Tacoma, Washington
$57,750
230
30 Savannah, Georgia
$57,270
130
31 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$56,370
1,660
32 Waterbury, Connecticut
$56,220
50
33 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$56,020
8,130
34 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$55,850
2,920
35 Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Massachusetts
$55,560
190
36 Palm Coast, Florida
$55,450
40
37 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$55,450
270
38 Ithaca, New York
$55,230
110
39 Merced, California
$55,140
50
40 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$55,120
9,510
41 North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$54,990
50
42 Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area, New Hampshire
$54,840
80
43 Olympia, Washington
$54,540
140
44 Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, New Hampshire
$54,280
100
45 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$53,960
750
46 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$53,900
840
47 Danbury, Connecticut
$53,820
110
48 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$53,470
11,410
49 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$53,340
340
50 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$53,280
14,210
51 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$53,150
4,500
52 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$53,080
660
53 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$52,780
4,670
54 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$52,760
1,560
55 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$52,650
1,520
56 Erie, Pennsylvania
$52,620
170
57 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, USA
$52,520
2,800
58 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$52,320
150
59 Huntsville, Alabama
$52,240
230
60 New Haven, Connecticut
$52,230
380
61 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$52,210
290
62 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, West Virginia
$52,200
100
63 Elgin, USA
$52,050
490
64 Worcester, Massachusetts
$51,880
280
65 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$51,850
100
66 Kingston, New York
$51,690
80
67 Napa, California
$51,620
120
68 Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area, Florida
$51,520
60
69 Flint, Michigan
$51,440
110
70 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$51,290
200
71 Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area, Oklahoma
$51,200
50
72 Columbus, Ohio
$51,100
1,400
73 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$50,970
12,890
74 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$50,940
4,920
75 East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$50,580
n/a
76 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$50,580
140
77 Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, USA
$50,460
2,090
78 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$50,300
890
79 Carson City, Nevada
$50,270
40
80 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$50,240
1,540
81 Ames, Iowa
$50,200
80
82 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$50,100
3,290
83 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$50,000
520
84 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$49,790
540
85 Kansas City, Missouri
$49,720
2,070
86 West Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$49,720
160
87 Camden, New Jersey
$49,650
570
88 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$49,610
2,400
89 Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$49,560
120
90 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$49,310
400
91 St Louis, Missouri
$49,300
2,220
92 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$49,250
2,920
93 Richmond, Virginia
$49,250
870
94 Jackson, Tennessee
$49,070
30
95 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$48,970
1,570
96 Anchorage, Alaska
$48,970
140
97 Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area, Nebraska
$48,960
70
98 Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area, Wyoming
$48,940
80
99 Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Virginia
$48,910
70
100 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$48,910
810
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