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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 $72,470, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California is the highest paying city for graphic designers. It is followed by Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey (average annual salary $68,490). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$72,470
1,730
2 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$68,490
360
3 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$67,250
3,460
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$65,210
5,820
5 St Marys County, Maryland
$64,920
40
6 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$63,910
170
7 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$63,380
4,790
8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$63,240
5,880
9 Framingham, Massachusetts
$62,980
310
10 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$62,450
1,010
11 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$61,980
14,620
12 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$61,520
760
13 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$61,160
1,510
14 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$60,290
1,920
15 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$60,190
330
16 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$59,310
22,100
17 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$58,790
3,360
18 Boulder, Colorado
$58,520
610
19 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$58,390
3,650
20 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$58,210
3,010
21 Huntsville, Alabama
$57,950
160
22 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$57,470
4,160
23 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$56,710
100
24 Anchorage, Alaska
$56,150
230
25 Peabody, Massachusetts
$55,960
130
26 Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Massachusetts
$54,530
150
27 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$54,290
140
28 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$54,260
670
29 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$54,160
1,510
30 North Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$54,160
150
31 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$53,970
640
32 Ithaca, New York
$53,950
90
33 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$53,930
10,960
34 Savannah, Georgia
$53,780
120
35 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$53,230
350
36 New Haven, Connecticut
$52,890
420
37 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$52,590
3,190
38 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$52,590
710
39 North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$52,460
30
40 Tacoma, Washington
$52,220
290
41 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$52,120
4,360
42 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$52,030
2,820
43 Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$51,970
170
44 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$51,850
110
45 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$51,780
4,330
46 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$51,670
330
47 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$51,290
200
48 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$51,230
530
49 Olympia, Washington
$51,080
150
50 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$50,970
12,890
51 Springfield, Massachusetts
$50,940
460
52 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$50,920
1,530
53 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$50,860
6,930
54 Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia
$50,690
60
55 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$50,680
8,270
56 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$50,590
350
57 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$50,570
170
58 Wilmington, New Jersey
$50,420
370
59 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$50,360
550
60 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$50,310
260
61 Carson City, Nevada
$50,270
40
62 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$50,240
4,880
63 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$50,240
4,450
64 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$50,100
3,290
65 Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan
$49,770
210
66 Visalia-Porterville, California
$49,730
100
67 West Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$49,720
110
68 St Louis, Missouri
$49,580
2,210
69 Gainesville, Florida
$49,490
150
70 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$49,470
460
71 Columbus, Ohio
$49,250
1,360
72 Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, New Hampshire
$48,870
80
73 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$48,810
1,290
74 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$48,810
950
75 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
$48,680
110
76 State College, Pennsylvania
$48,680
40
77 Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, New Hampshire
$48,370
80
78 Richmond, Virginia
$48,280
850
79 Kansas City, Missouri
$48,250
1,940
80 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$48,200
1,550
81 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$48,150
2,820
82 Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area, New Hampshire
$48,050
70
83 Charlottesville, Virginia
$48,030
180
84 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$48,000
2,490
85 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$47,950
1,910
86 Madison, Wisconsin
$47,950
870
87 Stockton, California
$47,940
150
88 North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area, Massachusetts
$47,930
60
89 Corvallis, Oregon
$47,850
50
90 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$47,640
1,620
91 Erie, Pennsylvania
$47,570
180
92 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$47,560
960
93 Ames, Iowa
$47,550
90
94 Rochester, New York
$47,460
800
95 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$47,420
100
96 Salt Lake City, Utah
$47,360
1,580
97 Napa, California
$47,250
120
98 Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area, Wyoming
$47,160
90
99 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$47,060
790
100 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$46,980
2,610
See also: Highest paying industries for graphic designers.