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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of graphic designers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |