Graphic Designers Salary Information

The salary statistics of graphic designers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of graphic designers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The graphic 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. Graphic Designers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,950
25th Percentile Wage
$35,560
50th Percentile Wage
$47,640
75th Percentile Wage
$63,340
90th Percentile Wage
$82,020

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for graphic designers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) graphic designers is $82,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,950. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 193% 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 graphic designers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,6401.55%7.33%
201546,9002.13%-
201445,9002.33%-
201344,8301.52%-
201244,150--

Table 2. Graphic Designers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of graphic 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 graphic designers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $62,370. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $40,950).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$62,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$62,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$55,820
Finance and Insurance
$55,240
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$50,520
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,950
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,520
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$49,010
Educational Services
$48,580
Wholesale Trade
$47,670
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$47,610
Information
$46,130
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$45,820
Construction
$43,480
Retail Trade
$41,960
Accommodation and Food Services
$41,930
Manufacturing
$40,950

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Graphic Designers by States

From the above tables we note that not only graphic designers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of graphic designers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $20,950 to $68,470. The highest paying state for graphic designers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $68,470. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,950. For more salary information of graphic designers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$68,470
New York
$57,880
Massachusetts
$55,590
Alaska
$55,380
Connecticut
$55,350
Maryland
$55,250
California
$54,390
Washington
$53,850
Rhode Island
$52,780
Virginia
$52,470
New Jersey
$52,110
Oregon
$49,640
Illinois
$49,470
Delaware
$48,900
Georgia
$48,390
Colorado
$48,240
Minnesota
$47,700
Nevada
$46,220
Wisconsin
$45,760
Pennsylvania
$45,360
Arizona
$45,270
Michigan
$45,020
Missouri
$44,910
Utah
$44,860
Texas
$44,830
Hawaii
$44,330
New Hampshire
$43,960
North Carolina
$43,840
Ohio
$43,430
Florida
$43,020
Nebraska
$42,310
Vermont
$42,100
Kansas
$42,090
Tennessee
$41,770
Maine
$40,500
Oklahoma
$39,590
Iowa
$39,530
Indiana
$39,170
Alabama
$38,810
Montana
$38,660
Wyoming
$38,150
Louisiana
$38,020
Kentucky
$37,950
North Dakota
$37,140
South Carolina
$36,670
New Mexico
$36,270
Arkansas
$35,590
West Virginia
$35,520
Idaho
$34,820
South Dakota
$34,110
Mississippi
$31,190
Guam
$24,850
Puerto Rico
$20,950


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