Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

27-1024 Graphic Designers

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
204,850 0.9 % $24.83 $51,640 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.25 $16.91 $22.55 $30.12 $39.10
Annual Wage (2) $27,560 $35,170 $46,900 $62,650 $81,320


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 26,890 20.45 $26.58 $55,290
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,610 4.71 $25.21 $52,440
Printing and Related Support Activities 18,550 4.10 $19.87 $41,320
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 17,450 4.35 $21.87 $45,500
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 9,210 0.49 $29.12 $60,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 26,890 20.45 $26.58 $55,290
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,610 4.71 $25.21 $52,440
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 17,450 4.35 $21.87 $45,500
Printing and Related Support Activities 18,550 4.10 $19.87 $41,320
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,430 2.99 $20.22 $42,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,570 0.08 $37.60 $78,200
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 270 0.06 $35.63 $74,110
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 50 0.15 $31.94 $66,440
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 40 0.03 $31.06 $64,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,090 0.17 $30.62 $63,680


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 28,940 1.87 1.26 $28.57 $59,420
New York 20,510 2.28 1.54 $30.09 $62,580
Florida 12,110 1.53 1.03 $22.00 $45,760
Texas 11,700 1.01 0.68 $22.59 $46,980
Illinois 9,320 1.59 1.07 $25.04 $52,080



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 20,510 2.28 1.54 $30.09 $62,580
Minnesota 5,690 2.05 1.38 $25.06 $52,120
District of Columbia 1,320 1.96 1.32 $35.98 $74,840
Utah 2,510 1.90 1.28 $23.17 $48,190
California 28,940 1.87 1.26 $28.57 $59,420



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,320 1.96 1.32 $35.98 $74,840
New York 20,510 2.28 1.54 $30.09 $62,580
California 28,940 1.87 1.26 $28.57 $59,420
Maryland 3,350 1.29 0.87 $28.32 $58,910
Massachusetts 4,890 1.44 0.97 $27.17 $56,520




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 17,880 2.76 1.86 $31.96 $66,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,010 2.44 1.64 $28.21 $58,670
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,560 1.84 1.24 $25.87 $53,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,970 2.00 1.35 $25.72 $53,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,500 1.86 1.25 $31.98 $66,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,360 2.32 1.56 $26.93 $56,010
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,300 2.17 1.46 $26.49 $55,100
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 3,270 3.20 2.16 $37.01 $76,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,140 2.04 1.38 $29.12 $60,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,070 1.05 0.71 $22.35 $46,480