Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
194,360 0.9 % $23.85 $49,610 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.83 $16.36 $21.55 $29.09 $38.11
Annual Wage (2) $26,690 $34,040 $44,830 $60,510 $79,260


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 26,350 21.52 $25.32 $52,670
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 21,040 4.74 $24.13 $50,190
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 20,670 4.71 $21.31 $44,320
Printing and Related Support Activities 16,910 3.70 $19.19 $39,920
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,260 3.00 $20.05 $41,700

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 26,350 21.52 $25.32 $52,670
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 21,040 4.74 $24.13 $50,190
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 20,670 4.71 $21.31 $44,320
Printing and Related Support Activities 16,910 3.70 $19.19 $39,920
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,260 3.00 $20.05 $41,700

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) 1,590 0.08 $36.79 $76,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 350 0.07 $33.07 $68,790
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 120 0.03 $32.29 $67,160
Other Financial Investment Activities 210 0.05 $29.75 $61,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,040 0.17 $29.28 $60,910


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 26,290 1.79 1.22 $27.44 $57,070
New York 17,720 2.05 1.40 $29.04 $60,400
Florida 11,300 1.52 1.03 $21.18 $44,060
Texas 11,150 1.02 0.70 $21.51 $44,750
Illinois 9,700 1.70 1.16 $24.25 $50,440




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)
Minnesota 6,090 2.26 1.54 $24.65 $51,260
New York 17,720 2.05 1.40 $29.04 $60,400
Utah 2,410 1.94 1.32 $22.05 $45,850
District of Columbia 1,230 1.85 1.26 $34.38 $71,520
Nebraska 1,670 1.81 1.23 $20.31 $42,250




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 1,230 1.85 1.26 $34.38 $71,520
New York 17,720 2.05 1.40 $29.04 $60,400
California 26,290 1.79 1.22 $27.44 $57,070
Maryland 3,650 1.44 0.98 $27.33 $56,850
Connecticut 2,460 1.50 1.02 $27.10 $56,370





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,210 2.71 1.85 $31.25 $65,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,530 2.40 1.64 $27.45 $57,100
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,320 1.98 1.35 $25.31 $52,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,920 2.75 1.87 $26.13 $54,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,240 1.84 1.25 $24.97 $51,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,100 1.73 1.18 $31.35 $65,200
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,930 2.14 1.46 $25.78 $53,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,200 2.21 1.51 $28.36 $59,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,010 1.09 0.74 $21.07 $43,830
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,980 2.85 1.95 $34.41 $71,580