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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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. Excludes “Web and Digital Interface Designers” (15-1255).


National estimates for Graphic Designers
Industry profile for Graphic Designers
Geographic profile for Graphic Designers

National estimates for Graphic Designers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Graphic Designers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
204,040 1.3 % $ 28.83 $ 59,970 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Graphic Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.06 $ 18.88 $ 24.38 $ 35.92 $ 47.24
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,310 $ 39,270 $ 50,710 $ 74,700 $ 98,260


Industry profile for Graphic Designers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Graphic Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 22,710 16.77 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,510 5.17 $ 29.31 $ 60,960
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,470 4.75 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 12,200 4.92 $ 23.47 $ 48,820
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,550 0.68 $ 30.53 $ 63,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Graphic Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 22,710 16.77 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,510 5.17 $ 29.31 $ 60,960
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 12,200 4.92 $ 23.47 $ 48,820
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,470 4.75 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 9,160 3.33 $ 22.43 $ 46,660

Top paying industries for Graphic Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 30 0.16 $ 52.05 $ 108,260
Software Publishers 2,880 0.55 $ 45.57 $ 94,780
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $ 43.39 $ 90,240
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,520 0.07 $ 42.51 $ 88,430
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 480 0.05 $ 41.70 $ 86,730


Geographic profile for Graphic Designers:

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



Map of employment of graphic designers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Graphic Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 28,940 1.75 1.21 $ 33.70 $ 70,090
New York 17,470 2.02 1.39 $ 35.82 $ 74,510
Texas 13,450 1.10 0.76 $ 24.48 $ 50,920
Florida 11,910 1.38 0.96 $ 25.83 $ 53,720
Illinois 10,180 1.81 1.25 $ 27.67 $ 57,550


Map of location quotient of graphic designers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Graphic Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,490 2.26 1.56 $ 40.90 $ 85,070
Nebraska 1,970 2.06 1.42 $ 25.08 $ 52,170
New York 17,470 2.02 1.39 $ 35.82 $ 74,510
Rhode Island 890 1.94 1.34 $ 31.30 $ 65,100
Illinois 10,180 1.81 1.25 $ 27.67 $ 57,550


Map of annual mean wages of graphic designers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Graphic Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,490 2.26 1.56 $ 40.90 $ 85,070
Washington 5,810 1.81 1.25 $ 36.26 $ 75,420
New York 17,470 2.02 1.39 $ 35.82 $ 74,510
Massachusetts 5,240 1.54 1.07 $ 34.51 $ 71,770
California 28,940 1.75 1.21 $ 33.70 $ 70,090



Map of employment of graphic designers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Graphic Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 17,910 2.06 1.42 $ 36.77 $ 76,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,260 2.32 1.60 $ 32.74 $ 68,100
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,250 1.95 1.35 $ 28.50 $ 59,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,020 1.71 1.18 $ 36.94 $ 76,840
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,880 1.36 0.94 $ 25.61 $ 53,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,670 2.08 1.44 $ 40.42 $ 84,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,370 2.28 1.57 $ 39.28 $ 81,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,140 1.60 1.11 $ 35.97 $ 74,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,880 1.50 1.04 $ 28.74 $ 59,780
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,880 1.58 1.09 $ 27.76 $ 57,740


Map of location quotient of graphic designers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Graphic Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lawrence, KS 140 2.98 2.05 $ 21.41 $ 44,540
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 260 2.87 1.98 $ 25.39 $ 52,810
Provo-Orem, UT 740 2.71 1.87 $ 25.78 $ 53,630
Lincoln, NE 460 2.68 1.85 $ 24.71 $ 51,400
Boulder, CO 460 2.52 1.74 $ 31.55 $ 65,620
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,110 2.38 1.65 $ 26.10 $ 54,290
Ann Arbor, MI 480 2.38 1.64 (8) (8)
Bellingham, WA 190 2.35 1.62 $ 33.00 $ 68,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,260 2.32 1.60 $ 32.74 $ 68,100
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,370 2.28 1.57 $ 39.28 $ 81,700