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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Graphic Designers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,560
25th Percentile Wage
$36,320
50th Percentile Wage
$48,700
75th Percentile Wage
$64,430
90th Percentile Wage
$83,140

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 $83,140. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,560. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of graphic designers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$48,700
2.18% 9.34%
2016
$47,640
1.55% -
2015
$46,900
2.13% -
2014
$45,900
2.33% -
2013
$44,830
1.52% -
2012
$44,150
- -

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 $63,800. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $41,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$63,800
Federal, State, and Local Government
$63,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$58,280
Finance and Insurance
$58,060
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,100
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,610
Educational Services
$50,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,890
Wholesale Trade
$48,940
Information
$47,680
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,520
Construction
$45,840
Accommodation and Food Services
$43,490
Retail Trade
$42,520
Manufacturing
$41,870

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 $19,290 to $66,450. The highest paying state for graphic designers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $66,450. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,290. 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
$66,450
New York
$59,720
Massachusetts
$58,630
Connecticut
$56,650
Maryland
$56,280
Washington
$55,720
Virginia
$54,960
California
$54,670
Oregon
$53,250
Rhode Island
$52,970
Illinois
$52,230
New Jersey
$52,060
Colorado
$50,320
Alaska
$50,300
Minnesota
$48,810
Georgia
$48,650
Nevada
$48,410
Pennsylvania
$46,530
Texas
$46,420
Missouri
$46,010
Utah
$45,690
Hawaii
$45,610
New Hampshire
$45,590
Tennessee
$45,300
Wisconsin
$45,010
Ohio
$44,750
Kansas
$44,740
Arizona
$44,560
North Carolina
$44,410
Florida
$43,980
Vermont
$43,960
Delaware
$43,940
Nebraska
$43,640
Indiana
$42,090
Alabama
$41,040
Iowa
$40,360
Louisiana
$40,070
Oklahoma
$39,560
Michigan
$39,220
Maine
$39,070
Wyoming
$38,420
South Carolina
$38,390
Kentucky
$38,330
North Dakota
$38,060
Idaho
$37,440
Arkansas
$37,270
West Virginia
$37,020
Montana
$36,770
New Mexico
$36,420
South Dakota
$34,630
Mississippi
$33,890
Guam
$27,050
Puerto Rico
$19,290



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