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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Graphic Designers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
201,440 1.1 % $ 28.06 $ 58,370 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Graphic Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.25 $ 19.31 $ 25.66 $ 34.29 $ 44.92
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,720 $ 40,160 $ 53,380 $ 71,310 $ 93,440


Industry profile for Graphic Designers: Top

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 24,260 17.97 $ 28.69 $ 59,670
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 20,430 4.50 $ 29.00 $ 60,330
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,400 4.44 $ 22.01 $ 45,770
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 11,820 4.32 $ 24.04 $ 50,010
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,790 0.71 $ 29.90 $ 62,180

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 24,260 17.97 $ 28.69 $ 59,670
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 20,430 4.50 $ 29.00 $ 60,330
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,400 4.44 $ 22.01 $ 45,770
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 11,820 4.32 $ 24.04 $ 50,010
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,440 3.15 $ 22.48 $ 46,770

Top paying industries for Graphic Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,470 0.07 $ 42.35 $ 88,090
Software Publishers 3,050 0.63 $ 39.23 $ 81,610
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 290 0.06 $ 38.46 $ 80,000
Legal Services 380 0.03 $ 37.40 $ 77,790
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 400 0.79 $ 37.06 $ 77,090


Geographic profile for Graphic Designers: Top

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.





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 27,490 1.67 1.16 $ 32.02 $ 66,600
New York 18,910 2.18 1.50 $ 32.82 $ 68,260
Texas 14,320 1.18 0.82 $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Florida 12,540 1.49 1.03 $ 24.81 $ 51,610
Illinois 10,260 1.82 1.26 $ 28.66 $ 59,610




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)
New York 18,910 2.18 1.50 $ 32.82 $ 68,260
Minnesota 5,630 2.08 1.44 $ 26.13 $ 54,360
Rhode Island 920 2.08 1.44 $ 31.04 $ 64,570
District of Columbia 1,330 1.94 1.34 $ 39.94 $ 83,070
Illinois 10,260 1.82 1.26 $ 28.66 $ 59,610




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 1,330 1.94 1.34 $ 39.94 $ 83,070
Washington 5,820 1.82 1.26 $ 37.02 $ 77,000
Massachusetts 5,440 1.62 1.12 $ 33.74 $ 70,180
New York 18,910 2.18 1.50 $ 32.82 $ 68,260
Virginia 5,010 1.35 0.93 $ 32.14 $ 66,850





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 19,720 2.23 1.54 $ 33.84 $ 70,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,250 2.28 1.57 $ 31.41 $ 65,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,720 2.00 1.38 $ 29.79 $ 61,970
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,150 1.71 1.18 $ 27.42 $ 57,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,890 1.62 1.12 $ 37.21 $ 77,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,760 2.04 1.41 $ 38.86 $ 80,820
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,600 2.35 1.62 $ 40.40 $ 84,030
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,550 1.75 1.21 $ 34.86 $ 72,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,540 2.46 1.70 $ 27.42 $ 57,030
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,460 1.78 1.23 $ 26.29 $ 54,680




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)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 360 3.96 2.73 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
Boulder, CO 570 3.13 2.16 $ 29.72 $ 61,810
Dalton, GA 160 2.65 1.83 $ 22.35 $ 46,480
Provo-Orem, UT 650 2.56 1.77 $ 23.47 $ 48,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,540 2.46 1.70 $ 27.42 $ 57,030
Portsmouth, NH-ME 220 2.43 1.68 $ 27.20 $ 56,570
Bend-Redmond, OR 190 2.38 1.64 $ 24.74 $ 51,460
Ames, IA 100 2.35 1.63 $ 26.00 $ 54,080
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,600 2.35 1.62 $ 40.40 $ 84,030
Madison, WI 890 2.32 1.60 $ 26.53 $ 55,190