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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
217,170 1.0 % $25.62 $53,280 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.73 $17.46 $23.41 $30.98 $39.97
Annual Wage (2) $28,560 $36,320 $48,700 $64,430 $83,140


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 31,260 22.31 $26.34 $54,780
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,390 4.52 $26.17 $54,440
Printing and Related Support Activities 20,190 4.54 $20.64 $42,930
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 15,980 4.51 $22.94 $47,720
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,210 0.75 $28.89 $60,090

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 31,260 22.31 $26.34 $54,780
Printing and Related Support Activities 20,190 4.54 $20.64 $42,930
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,390 4.52 $26.17 $54,440
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 15,980 4.51 $22.94 $47,720
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,460 2.99 $20.94 $43,550

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) 1,500 0.07 $39.24 $81,620
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 280 0.06 $37.73 $78,470
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 850 0.09 $35.19 $73,200
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 300 0.08 $34.02 $70,770
Legal Services 300 0.03 $33.36 $69,380


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 30,180 1.81 1.19 $28.48 $59,240
New York 21,530 2.34 1.53 $31.16 $64,820
Florida 13,140 1.56 1.02 $22.57 $46,950
Texas 12,120 1.02 0.67 $23.83 $49,570
Illinois 11,180 1.89 1.24 $26.88 $55,910




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)
District of Columbia 1,710 2.41 1.58 $33.43 $69,530
New York 21,530 2.34 1.53 $31.16 $64,820
Utah 3,270 2.32 1.52 $23.29 $48,450
Minnesota 5,960 2.10 1.38 $26.12 $54,330
Oregon 3,660 2.00 1.31 $26.88 $55,910




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 1,710 2.41 1.58 $33.43 $69,530
New York 21,530 2.34 1.53 $31.16 $64,820
Massachusetts 5,240 1.49 0.98 $29.52 $61,400
Connecticut 2,260 1.36 0.90 $28.97 $60,250
Virginia 4,920 1.30 0.85 $28.63 $59,550



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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 18,360 2.74 1.80 $32.90 $68,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,410 2.57 1.69 $27.78 $57,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,130 2.22 1.46 $28.45 $59,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,920 1.88 1.23 $26.75 $55,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.79 1.18 $33.71 $70,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,500 2.33 1.53 $28.17 $58,590
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 3,610 3.23 2.12 $34.99 $72,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,550 2.15 1.41 $29.93 $62,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,400 1.36 0.90 $25.01 $52,020
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,330 2.70 1.77 (8) (8)


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Provo-Orem, UT 870 3.78 2.48 $22.20 $46,170
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 420 3.62 2.38 $38.45 $79,980
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 3,610 3.23 2.12 $34.99 $72,790
Boulder, CO 540 3.05 2.00 $31.12 $64,730
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 280 2.93 1.93 $23.61 $49,110
Sheboygan, WI 170 2.85 1.87 $22.58 $46,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 18,360 2.74 1.80 $32.90 $68,430
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,330 2.70 1.77 (8) (8)
Dubuque, IA 150 2.67 1.75 $20.53 $42,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,410 2.57 1.69 $27.78 $57,780