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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 $66,450, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for graphic designers. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $59,720). 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 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
$66,450
$37,030 1,710
2 New York
$59,720
$32,780 21,530
3 Massachusetts
$58,630
$35,740 5,240
4 Connecticut
$56,650
$34,930 2,260
5 Maryland
$56,280
$31,990 3,190
6 Washington
$55,720
$31,980 5,230
7 Virginia
$54,960
$30,450 4,920
8 California
$54,670
$31,610 30,180
9 Oregon
$53,250
$32,840 3,660
10 Rhode Island
$52,970
$36,340 800
11 Illinois
$52,230
$29,790 11,180
12 New Jersey
$52,060
$33,140 5,470
13 Colorado
$50,320
$30,970 4,610
14 Alaska
$50,300
$31,490 180
15 Minnesota
$48,810
$31,360 5,960
16 Georgia
$48,650
$28,880 6,310
17 Nevada
$48,410
$28,300 2,050
18 Pennsylvania
$46,530
$27,200 8,730
19 Texas
$46,420
$27,720 12,120
20 Missouri
$46,010
$26,820 3,950
21 Utah
$45,690
$28,000 3,270
22 Hawaii
$45,610
$27,910 460
23 New Hampshire
$45,590
$31,690 930
24 Tennessee
$45,300
$26,680 3,480
25 Wisconsin
$45,010
$28,820 5,450
26 Ohio
$44,750
$27,340 7,120
27 Kansas
$44,740
$27,770 2,210
28 Arizona
$44,560
$27,760 3,000
29 North Carolina
$44,410
$26,060 6,310
30 Florida
$43,980
$27,490 13,140
31 Vermont
$43,960
$29,940 610
32 Delaware
$43,940
$31,650 470
33 Nebraska
$43,640
$27,070 1,900
34 Indiana
$42,090
$26,950 3,950
35 Alabama
$41,040
$25,440 1,670
36 Iowa
$40,360
$26,570 2,290
37 Louisiana
$40,070
$26,660 1,720
38 Oklahoma
$39,560
$23,470 1,670
39 Michigan
$39,220
$25,310 5,830
40 Maine
$39,070
$24,480 660
41 Wyoming
$38,420
$25,880 300
42 South Carolina
$38,390
$26,730 1,880
43 Kentucky
$38,330
$25,380 1,850
44 North Dakota
$38,060
$26,670 570
45 Idaho
$37,440
$19,440 1,100
46 Arkansas
$37,270
$22,780 1,150
47 West Virginia
$37,020
$21,930 510
48 Montana
$36,770
$22,900 690
49 New Mexico
$36,420
$20,490 740
50 South Dakota
$34,630
$25,920 670
51 Mississippi
$33,890
$25,080 820
52 Guam
$27,050
$20,520 90
53 Puerto Rico
$19,290
$16,170 1,370
See also: Highest paying industries for graphic designers, Top Paying Jobs in America.