Designers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as designers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since designers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where designers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for designers. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s designers:
So there you have it — New York is the best of the best when it comes to being a designers.
How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for designers and for more on the top ten states.
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 states for designers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well 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 states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for designers in California is $72,780 and the average salary in Illinois is $68,010, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for designers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for designers.
Total Jobs: 7,440
Average Annual Salary: $79,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,140
Average Experienced Salary: $134,710
Location Quotient: 6.0
Total Jobs: 310
Average Annual Salary: $86,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,940
Average Experienced Salary: $132,480
Location Quotient: 0.65
Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $63,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,280
Average Experienced Salary: $99,980
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $72,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,620
Average Experienced Salary: $139,720
Location Quotient: 0.12
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $71,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,280
Average Experienced Salary: $112,970
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 6,180
Average Annual Salary: $72,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,840
Average Experienced Salary: $128,970
Location Quotient: 2.89
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $65,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,500
Average Experienced Salary: $102,240
Location Quotient: 0.23
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $71,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,080
Average Experienced Salary: $154,070
Location Quotient: 0.28
Total Jobs: 600
Average Annual Salary: $56,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,160
Average Experienced Salary: $82,220
Location Quotient: 0.38
Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $59,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,970
Average Experienced Salary: $93,230
Location Quotient: 0.64
If you’re looking to start out your career as a designer these are the states 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 states to be a designer in America: