Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Graphic Designers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer graphic designers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where graphic designers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for graphic designers.The result is this list of the best cities graphic designers:
So there you have it — San Francisco is the best city when it comes to being a graphic designer.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a graphic designer? That would be Laredo.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for graphic designers and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for graphic designers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well graphic designers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 359 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 359 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for graphic designers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for graphic designers.
Total Jobs: 3,270
Average Annual Salary: $76,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,990
Location Quotient: 2.16
Total Jobs: 660
Average Annual Salary: $58,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,470
Location Quotient: 2.61
Total Jobs: 3,140
Average Annual Salary: $60,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,590
Location Quotient: 1.38
Total Jobs: 1,950
Average Annual Salary: $51,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,770
Location Quotient: 1.28
Total Jobs: 1,850
Average Annual Salary: $75,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,670
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 410
Average Annual Salary: $62,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,380
Location Quotient: 1.58
Total Jobs: 4,360
Average Annual Salary: $56,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,820
Location Quotient: 1.56
Total Jobs: 1,710
Average Annual Salary: $53,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,470
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 340
Average Annual Salary: $60,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,870
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 970
Average Annual Salary: $67,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,970
Location Quotient: 1.13
If you’re looking to start out your career as a graphic designer these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a graphic designer in America:
|1||San Francisco, CA||$76,980|
|4||Kansas City, MO||$51,910|
|5||San Jose, CA||$75,780|
|9||Santa Rosa, CA||$60,680|
|10||Silver Spring, MD||$67,530|
|11||New York, NY||$66,480|
|15||St. Louis, MO||$52,630|
|19||Salt Lake City, UT||$50,840|
|21||Montgomery County, PA||$52,950|
|25||West Palm Beach, FL||$52,970|
|31||Lake County, IL||$52,680|
|46||Los Angeles, CA||$58,670|
|47||Des Moines, IA||$45,860|
|64||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$45,920|
|65||South Bend, IN||$42,940|
|68||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$43,530|
|73||Sioux Falls, SD||$37,710|
|90||Atlantic City, NJ||$58,700|
|98||Grand Junction, CO||$46,270|
|99||San Rafael, CA||$60,700|
|100||Santa Fe, NM||$39,480|