Salary Guide: Graphic Designers

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Graphic Designers create graphics that meet the needs of client specifications. Nationwide there are over 190,000 Graphic Designers who earn an average salary of $48,140.

Most Graphic Designers hold a bachelor’s degree but certificate programs and associate’s degrees can lead to graphic design assistant positions. Over 300 postsecondary institutions are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design to certify Graphic Designers and award graphic design degrees.

Most Graphic Designers hold a bachelor’s degree but certificate programs and associate’s degrees can lead to graphic design assistant positions.

Explore Graphic Design programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $45,010
Alaska: $45,080
Arizona: $43,480
Arkansas: $36,580
California: $57,240
Colorado: $44,190
Connecticut: $57,040
Delaware: $48,410
District of Columbia: $66,020
Florida: $42,700
Georgia: $48,760
Hawaii: $41,720
Idaho: $36,770
Illinois: $51,220
Indiana: $39,400
Iowa: $39,710
Kansas: $39,860
Kentucky: $38,090
Louisiana: $37,630
Maine: $41,680
Maryland: $52,920
Massachusetts: $52,170
Michigan: $42,220
Minnesota: $45,640
Mississippi: $34,320
Missouri: $44,910
Montana: $36,860
Nebraska: $37,630
Nevada: $47,300
New Hampshire: $42,640
New Jersey: $50,720
New Mexico: $44,910
New York: $57,510
North Carolina: $43,550
North Dakota: $35,030
Ohio: $42,940
Oklahoma: $34,470
Oregon: $44,320
Pennsylvania: $43,470
Rhode Island: $52,040
South Carolina: $41,330
South Dakota: $32,910
Tennessee: $39,350
Texas: $44,590
Utah: $41,990
Vermont: $41,170
Virginia: $51,900
Washington: $50,080
West Virginia: $38,090
Wisconsin: $42,010
Wyoming: $35,770

Salaries for the Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $60,320
2. Los Angeles: $55,980
3. Chicago: $53,900
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $47,490
5. Philadelphia: $49,560
6. Houston: $45,480
7. Washington DC: $60,450
8. Miami: $45,050
9. Atlanta: $52,430
10. Boston: $53,590
11. San Francisco: $69,440
12. Detroit: $41,530
13. Riverside: $44,420
14. Phoenix: $44,640
15. Seattle: $54,840
16. Minneapolis: $48,120
17. San Diego: $48,910
18. St. Louis: $47,240
19. Tampa: $40,210
20. Baltimore: $48,580

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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