How Much do Graphic Designers Make?

Do graphic designers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for graphic designers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers in the United States earn an average of $56,510 a year, equivalent to $27.17 an hour. Graphic designers make 6% more than the average American worker.

Graphic designers in Washington are the best paid, making $72,200 a year, while graphic designers in South Dakota make the least at $36,090.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Graphic Designer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $42.89 $89,210
75th $33.13 $68,920
50th $25.05 $52,110
25th $18.75 $39,000
10th $14.81 $30,810
Graphic Designer Wages by State

In what states do graphic designers make the most? In what states do graphic designers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $22.11 $45,990
Alaska $28.89 $60,080
Arizona $26.35 $54,820
Arkansas $21.52 $44,750
California $30.63 $63,710
Colorado $28.61 $59,520
Connecticut $29.63 $61,630
Delaware $25.92 $53,910
Florida $23.97 $49,850
Georgia $25.59 $53,230
Hawaii $26.09 $54,260
Idaho $21.82 $45,380
Illinois $28.10 $58,450
Indiana $21.97 $45,700
Iowa $22.11 $46,000
Kansas $22.25 $46,270
Kentucky $20.82 $43,300
Louisiana $22.79 $47,400
Maine $22.75 $47,310
Maryland $28.37 $59,000
Massachusetts $32.77 $68,170
Michigan $23.68 $49,250
Minnesota $25.75 $53,560
Mississippi $20.21 $42,030
Missouri $24.33 $50,610
Montana $20.35 $42,330
Nebraska $22.87 $47,560
Nevada $23.58 $49,050
New Hampshire $25.81 $53,680
New Jersey $29.35 $61,050
New Mexico $22.23 $46,250
New York $32.15 $66,870
North Carolina $25.15 $52,320
North Dakota $21.27 $44,240
Ohio $25.01 $52,020
Oklahoma $20.10 $41,800
Oregon $27.08 $56,320
Pennsylvania $25.78 $53,630
Rhode Island $30.58 $63,600
South Carolina $23.60 $49,080
South Dakota $17.35 $36,090
Tennessee $23.63 $49,150
Texas $25.02 $52,050
Utah $23.94 $49,800
Vermont $24.76 $51,490
Virginia $30.28 $62,990
Washington $34.71 $72,200
West Virginia $22.54 $46,890
Wisconsin $23.46 $48,800
Wyoming $19.13 $39,790
Metro Areas Where Graphic Designers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Seattle, WA $38.48 $80,050
San Francisco, CA $37.07 $77,110
Washington, DC $35.89 $74,650
Santa Cruz, CA $34.26 $71,250
San Jose, CA $33.87 $70,460
Boston, MA $33.87 $70,450
Bridgeport, CT $33.14 $68,930
New York, NY $33.02 $68,690
Anchorage, AK $32.33 $67,240
Madera, CA $31.98 $66,510
Graphic Designer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $27.17 $56,510
2018 $26.29 $54,680
2017 $25.62 $53,280
2016 $25.14 $52,290
2015 $24.83 $51,640
2014 $24.36 $50,670
2013 $23.85 $49,610
2012 $23.43 $48,730
2011 $23.41 $48,690