Designers Salary Information

The salary statistics of designers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of designers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of designers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The designers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Designers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,550
25th Percentile Wage
$28,190
50th Percentile Wage
$40,800
75th Percentile Wage
$60,200
90th Percentile Wage
$81,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for designers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) designers is $81,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $40,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,550. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 279% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of designers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201640,8000.66%4.29%
201540,5301.68%-
201439,850-0.15%-
201339,9102.15%-
201239,050--

Table 2. Designers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of designers in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for designers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $70,400. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $27,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$70,400
Federal, State, and Local Government
$63,330
Finance and Insurance
$55,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$53,660
Construction
$51,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$49,630
Information
$49,240
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,020
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,890
Educational Services
$48,520
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,520
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,360
Manufacturing
$44,130
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,740
Accommodation and Food Services
$38,460
Wholesale Trade
$38,080
Transportation and Warehousing
$32,020
Retail Trade
$27,510


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