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Highest Paying States for Graphic Designers

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $68,470, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for graphic designers. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $57,880). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Graphic Designers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$68,470
$37,740 1,650
2 New York
$57,880
$31,460 21,440
3 Massachusetts
$55,590
$33,120 5,020
4 Alaska
$55,380
$33,370 270
5 Connecticut
$55,350
$33,840 2,300
6 Maryland
$55,250
$32,310 3,260
7 California
$54,390
$30,170 29,750
8 Washington
$53,850
$30,400 5,000
9 Rhode Island
$52,780
$34,400 610
10 Virginia
$52,470
$30,150 5,450
11 New Jersey
$52,110
$33,260 5,490
12 Oregon
$49,640
$31,080 3,520
13 Illinois
$49,470
$28,640 9,630
14 Delaware
$48,900
$32,430 450
15 Georgia
$48,390
$28,050 6,390
16 Colorado
$48,240
$31,170 4,430
17 Minnesota
$47,700
$30,150 5,710
18 Nevada
$46,220
$29,070 1,780
19 Wisconsin
$45,760
$28,540 5,000
20 Pennsylvania
$45,360
$26,740 8,870
21 Arizona
$45,270
$29,940 3,140
22 Michigan
$45,020
$27,400 5,830
23 Missouri
$44,910
$25,230 4,120
24 Utah
$44,860
$26,630 2,900
25 Texas
$44,830
$26,720 12,110
26 Hawaii
$44,330
$22,910 480
27 New Hampshire
$43,960
$29,800 940
28 North Carolina
$43,840
$26,450 5,910
29 Ohio
$43,430
$26,570 7,140
30 Florida
$43,020
$27,300 12,500
31 Nebraska
$42,310
$25,990 1,720
32 Vermont
$42,100
$27,150 530
33 Kansas
$42,090
$26,700 2,000
34 Tennessee
$41,770
$26,480 3,010
35 Maine
$40,500
$22,680 810
36 Oklahoma
$39,590
$24,030 1,680
37 Iowa
$39,530
$25,750 2,330
38 Indiana
$39,170
$24,830 4,030
39 Alabama
$38,810
$25,010 1,520
40 Montana
$38,660
$26,100 620
41 Wyoming
$38,150
$26,330 320
42 Louisiana
$38,020
$23,500 1,730
43 Kentucky
$37,950
$23,990 1,870
44 North Dakota
$37,140
$27,270 630
45 South Carolina
$36,670
$25,390 1,840
46 New Mexico
$36,270
$19,740 740
47 Arkansas
$35,590
$23,650 1,080
48 West Virginia
$35,520
$20,920 490
49 Idaho
$34,820
$19,820 1,130
50 South Dakota
$34,110
$25,090 650
51 Mississippi
$31,190
$22,710 870
52 Guam
$24,850
$20,140 100
53 Puerto Rico
$20,950
$16,070 1,320
See also: Highest paying industries for graphic designers, Top Paying Jobs in America.