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Highest Paying Industries for Graphic Designers

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $75,620, federal government, including usps is the highest paying industry for graphic designers. It is followed by federal executive branch (oes designation) industry (average annual salary $75,620). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of graphic designers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Graphic Designers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal government, including USPS
$75,620
1,600
2 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$75,620
1,600
3 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$70,650
360
4 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$69,730
60
5 Other Telecommunications
$64,900
60
6 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$63,250
140
7 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$62,270
510
8 Telecommunications
$62,050
660
9 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$61,610
820
10 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$60,920
3,750
11 Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,920
3,750
12 Scientific Research and Development Services
$60,130
1,060
13 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$59,270
400
14 Engineering Services
$58,720
2,310
15 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$58,630
40
16 Other Financial Investment Activities
$58,000
250
17 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$57,370
350
18 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$57,320
80
19 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$57,300
4,030
20 Facilities Support Services
$57,120
40
21 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$57,080
730
22 Utilities
$57,040
100
23 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$56,750
370
24 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$56,700
650
25 Depository Credit Intermediation
$56,330
360
26 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$56,330
2,500
27 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$56,200
50
28 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$55,480
130
29 Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$55,260
90
30 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$55,160
8,260
31 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$55,080
2,730
32 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$54,950
130
33 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$54,840
7,420
34 Finance and Insurance
$54,810
2,290
35 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$54,780
630
36 Other Information Services
$54,730
1,780
37 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$54,700
230
38 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$54,500
40
39 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$54,500
340
40 Offices of Physicians
$54,300
120
41 Social Advocacy Organizations
$54,070
420
42 Insurance Carriers
$54,060
920
43 Hospitals - State government owned
$53,980
40
44 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$53,930
320
45 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$53,890
1,780
46 Testing Laboratories
$53,810
130
47 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$53,260
1,210
48 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$53,050
1,530
49 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$52,820
40
50 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,650
1,440
51 Software Publishers
$52,500
1,120
52 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$52,350
320
53 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$52,260
70
54 Amusement Parks and Arcades
$52,200
210
55 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$52,120
6,980
56 Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$52,110
60
57 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$52,100
50
58 Transportation and Warehousing
$52,080
240
59 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$51,830
70
60 Warehousing and Storage
$51,730
130
61 Hospitals - Privately owned
$51,650
580
62 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$51,640
500
63 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$51,610
280
64 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$51,580
510
65 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$51,500
530
66 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$51,290
70
67 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$51,250
670
68 Furniture Stores
$51,210
130
69 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$51,170
280
70 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$50,900
620
71 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$50,880
50
72 Temporary Help Services
$50,830
1,400
73 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$50,720
140
74 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$50,720
280
75 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$50,680
1,000
76 Employment Services
$50,530
2,050
77 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$50,430
180
78 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$50,370
3,210
79 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$50,360
2,520
80 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$50,360
380
81 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$50,330
7,590
82 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$50,190
1,650
83 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$50,160
290
84 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$49,910
220
85 Other Insurance Related Activities
$49,700
110
86 Support Activities for Transportation
$49,620
40
87 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$49,180
720
88 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,140
72,170
89 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$49,010
240
90 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$48,810
450
91 Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$48,780
120
92 Chemical Manufacturing
$48,570
740
93 Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,550
1,220
94 Educational Services - Privately owned
$48,540
3,020
95 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$48,520
40
96 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$48,420
120
97 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,400
3,770
98 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$48,310
160
99 Specialized Design Services
$48,240
26,430
100 Textile Furnishings Mills
$48,240
180
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