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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
217,810 0.9 % $26.29 $54,680 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.23 $18.06 $24.21 $31.87 $41.23
Annual Wage (2) $29,610 $37,550 $50,370 $66,300 $85,760


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 29,510 20.66 $27.21 $56,600
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 21,840 4.47 $26.80 $55,750
Printing and Related Support Activities 20,220 4.65 $21.36 $44,430
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 14,920 4.49 $23.33 $48,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,930 0.76 $28.90 $60,110

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 29,510 20.66 $27.21 $56,600
Printing and Related Support Activities 20,220 4.65 $21.36 $44,430
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 14,920 4.49 $23.33 $48,530
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 21,840 4.47 $26.80 $55,750
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,710 3.01 $21.30 $44,310

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) 1,470 0.07 $39.95 $83,090
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 0.07 $38.10 $79,250
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 300 0.08 $35.12 $73,040
Legal Services 380 0.03 $34.69 $72,160
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $34.06 $70,850


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 29,320 1.72 1.15 $29.37 $61,100
New York 21,350 2.28 1.51 $31.17 $64,840
Florida 13,550 1.57 1.05 $23.45 $48,780
Texas 13,480 1.11 0.74 $24.37 $50,700
Illinois 11,700 1.95 1.30 $27.35 $56,890




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 1,690 2.37 1.58 $34.22 $71,180
Utah 3,370 2.31 1.54 $23.14 $48,130
New York 21,350 2.28 1.51 $31.17 $64,840
Minnesota 6,190 2.16 1.44 $25.72 $53,500
Wisconsin 5,780 2.03 1.35 $23.07 $47,980




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 1,690 2.37 1.58 $34.22 $71,180
New York 21,350 2.28 1.51 $31.17 $64,840
Massachusetts 5,680 1.59 1.06 $30.77 $64,010
California 29,320 1.72 1.15 $29.37 $61,100
Connecticut 2,300 1.38 0.92 $29.18 $60,700





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 22,250 2.34 1.56 $31.89 $66,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,450 2.20 1.46 $28.33 $58,920
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,020 2.16 1.43 $28.42 $59,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,200 2.56 1.70 $34.63 $72,030
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,520 1.55 1.03 $25.47 $52,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,360 1.71 1.14 $34.12 $70,960
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,990 1.75 1.16 $28.43 $59,140
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,910 1.78 1.18 $31.58 $65,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,900 1.83 1.21 $27.67 $57,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,820 2.47 1.64 $27.17 $56,510