The 10 Best States For Graphic Designers In 2019

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. Illinois
  2. Washington
  3. Georgia
  4. Minnesota
  5. Virginia
  6. Colorado
  7. Nebraska
  8. Texas
  9. Utah
  10. Missouri

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:

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 2018:

  • 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 $61,100 and the average salary in Illinois is $56,890, 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. Illinois

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,700
Average Annual Salary: $56,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,680
Average Experienced Salary: $88,260
Location Quotient: 1.3

2. Washington

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,060
Average Annual Salary: $60,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,630
Average Experienced Salary: $90,400
Location Quotient: 1.03

3. Georgia

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,400
Average Annual Salary: $54,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,310
Average Experienced Salary: $84,370
Location Quotient: 0.97

4. Minnesota

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,190
Average Annual Salary: $53,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,900
Average Experienced Salary: $80,200
Location Quotient: 1.44

5. Virginia

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,000
Average Annual Salary: $60,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,200
Average Experienced Salary: $98,140
Location Quotient: 0.87

6. Colorado

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,730
Average Annual Salary: $56,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,820
Average Experienced Salary: $81,020
Location Quotient: 1.2

7. Nebraska

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,880
Average Annual Salary: $47,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,000
Average Experienced Salary: $72,660
Location Quotient: 1.27

8. Texas

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,480
Average Annual Salary: $50,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,970
Average Experienced Salary: $79,510
Location Quotient: 0.74

9. Utah

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,370
Average Annual Salary: $48,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,150
Average Experienced Salary: $74,210
Location Quotient: 1.54

10. Missouri

Best States For Graphic Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,740
Average Annual Salary: $50,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,470
Average Experienced Salary: $78,160
Location Quotient: 0.89

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. Maine
  3. Oklahoma

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For graphic designers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Illinois $56,890 $31,680 11,700
2 Washington $60,530 $34,630 5,060
3 Georgia $54,260 $29,310 6,400
4 Minnesota $53,500 $32,900 6,190
5 Virginia $60,540 $30,200 5,000
6 Colorado $56,670 $31,820 4,730
7 Nebraska $47,980 $28,000 1,880
8 Texas $50,700 $27,970 13,480
9 Utah $48,130 $27,150 3,370
10 Missouri $50,350 $26,470 3,740
11 Ohio $50,130 $29,650 7,120
12 Michigan $47,700 $27,690 5,680
13 Tennessee $48,760 $28,720 3,470
14 Kansas $46,270 $26,870 2,360
15 Arizona $54,030 $29,020 3,120
16 Wisconsin $47,980 $29,190 5,780
17 North Carolina $49,700 $26,160 6,460
18 Pennsylvania $53,050 $28,660 8,710
19 Rhode Island $58,720 $40,510 820
20 New York $64,840 $33,750 21,350
21 Delaware $50,920 $33,300 460
22 Oregon $56,690 $33,460 3,510
23 Florida $48,780 $28,070 13,550
24 Alabama $46,960 $26,570 1,610
25 Mississippi $42,640 $25,560 830
26 Indiana $45,030 $27,580 3,740
27 Idaho $45,620 $22,050 1,140
28 Massachusetts $64,010 $37,170 5,680
29 Arkansas $42,250 $24,990 1,110
30 Iowa $43,920 $26,430 2,270
31 Kentucky $44,550 $26,650 1,800
32 West Virginia $45,360 $23,510 520
33 New Jersey $59,140 $34,690 5,980
34 Connecticut $60,700 $34,880 2,300
35 Louisiana $45,660 $27,150 1,490
36 Nevada $49,330 $26,840 2,000
37 California $61,100 $32,260 29,320
38 South Carolina $45,790 $27,070 2,050
39 Vermont $50,000 $31,370 540
40 New Hampshire $51,710 $33,480 800
41 Maryland $58,610 $29,800 3,030
42 Montana $42,220 $25,050 750
43 South Dakota $36,300 $25,460 750
44 North Dakota $41,800 $27,370 580
45 New Mexico $44,040 $24,930 590
46 Alaska $59,640 $31,810 280
47 Wyoming $38,490 $25,900 260
48 Oklahoma $40,710 $20,410 1,640
49 Maine $45,800 $26,730 670
50 Hawaii $51,690 $29,350 440
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