These Are The 10 Best States For Graphic Designers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Graphic Designers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as graphic designers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since graphic designers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where graphic 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 graphic designers.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s graphic designers:

  1. Georgia
  2. Illinois
  3. Minnesota
  4. Virginia
  5. Colorado
  6. Michigan
  7. Washington
  8. Utah
  9. Missouri
  10. Wisconsin

So there you have it — Graphic Designers is the best of the best when it comes to being a graphic designer.

How did Graphic Designers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for graphic designers and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined the best states to be a graphic designer

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states 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 2016:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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 graphic designers in California is $59,210 and the average salary in Illinois is $53,290, 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 graphic designers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for graphic designers.

1. Georgia

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,390
Average Annual Salary: $51,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,050
Average Experienced Salary: $79,890
Location Quotient: 1.01

2. Illinois

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,630
Average Annual Salary: $53,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,640
Average Experienced Salary: $81,510
Location Quotient: 1.09

3. Minnesota

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,710
Average Annual Salary: $52,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,150
Average Experienced Salary: $79,160
Location Quotient: 1.35

4. Virginia

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,450
Average Annual Salary: $56,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,150
Average Experienced Salary: $92,990
Location Quotient: 0.97

5. Colorado

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,430
Average Annual Salary: $53,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,170
Average Experienced Salary: $82,490
Location Quotient: 1.18

6. Michigan

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,830
Average Annual Salary: $48,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,400
Average Experienced Salary: $74,800
Location Quotient: 0.92

7. Washington

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,000
Average Annual Salary: $55,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,400
Average Experienced Salary: $85,050
Location Quotient: 1.09

8. Utah

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,900
Average Annual Salary: $47,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,630
Average Experienced Salary: $72,380
Location Quotient: 1.4

9. Missouri

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,120
Average Annual Salary: $47,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,230
Average Experienced Salary: $75,620
Location Quotient: 1.0

10. Wisconsin

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,000
Average Annual Salary: $47,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,540
Average Experienced Salary: $70,970
Location Quotient: 1.19

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Graphic Designer

If you’re looking to start out your career as a graphic 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 graphic designer in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. New Mexico
  3. Alaska

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For graphic designers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Georgia $51,680 $28,050 6,390
2 Illinois $53,290 $28,640 9,630
3 Minnesota $52,590 $30,150 5,710
4 Virginia $56,910 $30,150 5,450
5 Colorado $53,510 $31,170 4,430
6 Michigan $48,310 $27,400 5,830
7 Washington $55,780 $30,400 5,000
8 Utah $47,500 $26,630 2,900
9 Missouri $47,970 $25,230 4,120
10 Wisconsin $47,640 $28,540 5,000
11 North Carolina $49,010 $26,450 5,910
12 Texas $48,360 $26,720 12,110
13 Nebraska $44,990 $25,990 1,720
14 Delaware $52,010 $32,430 450
15 Kansas $44,540 $26,700 2,000
16 Iowa $45,020 $25,750 2,330
17 Ohio $46,780 $26,570 7,140
18 Arizona $48,190 $29,940 3,140
19 Tennessee $45,500 $26,480 3,010
20 Pennsylvania $49,660 $26,740 8,870
21 New York $62,750 $31,460 21,440
22 Oklahoma $44,380 $24,030 1,680
23 Florida $45,950 $27,300 12,500
24 Oregon $52,820 $31,080 3,520
25 Nevada $48,840 $29,070 1,780
26 New Jersey $57,580 $33,260 5,490
27 Indiana $41,550 $24,830 4,030
28 Maryland $58,590 $32,310 3,260
29 California $59,210 $30,170 29,750
30 Wyoming $40,680 $26,330 320
31 Connecticut $58,070 $33,840 2,300
32 Rhode Island $53,250 $34,400 610
33 Alabama $42,780 $25,010 1,520
34 Arkansas $38,980 $23,650 1,080
35 West Virginia $42,410 $20,920 490
36 North Dakota $40,740 $27,270 630
37 Idaho $38,360 $19,820 1,130
38 Kentucky $41,140 $23,990 1,870
39 Massachusetts $58,210 $33,120 5,020
40 Mississippi $37,610 $22,710 870
41 New Hampshire $47,850 $29,800 940
42 Vermont $45,130 $27,150 530
43 South Dakota $35,400 $25,090 650
44 Montana $40,960 $26,100 620
45 Louisiana $40,300 $23,500 1,730
46 Maine $44,850 $22,680 810
47 South Carolina $40,030 $25,390 1,840
48 Alaska $54,060 $33,370 270
49 New Mexico $39,190 $19,740 740
50 Hawaii $45,520 $22,910 480

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