These Are The 10 Highest Graphic Designer Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do graphic designers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for graphic designers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for graphic designers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for graphic designers after this adjustment? That would be Graphic Designers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Georgia
  2. Virginia
  3. Illinois
  4. Michigan
  5. Texas
  6. Missouri
  7. Washington
  8. North Carolina
  9. Minnesota
  10. Colorado

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for graphic designers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $59210, so our index value would be:

$59,210 * (100 / 135.9) = $43,568

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for graphic designers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Graphic Designer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Georgia $56,542 $51,680 91.4
2 Virginia $56,458 $56,910 100.8
3 Illinois $56,331 $53,290 94.6
4 Michigan $54,280 $48,310 89.0
5 Texas $53,318 $48,360 90.7
6 Missouri $53,064 $47,970 90.4
7 Washington $53,022 $55,780 105.2
8 North Carolina $52,193 $49,010 93.9
9 Minnesota $52,172 $52,590 100.8
10 Colorado $51,551 $53,510 103.8
11 Delaware $51,291 $52,010 101.4
12 Utah $51,075 $47,500 93.0
13 Tennessee $50,894 $45,500 89.4
14 Ohio $49,872 $46,780 93.8
15 Oklahoma $49,753 $44,380 89.2
16 Kansas $49,543 $44,540 89.9
17 Iowa $49,472 $45,020 91.0
18 Wisconsin $49,214 $47,640 96.8
19 Arizona $49,173 $48,190 98.0
20 Nebraska $49,115 $44,990 91.6
21 Pennsylvania $48,974 $49,660 101.4
22 New York $47,900 $62,750 131.0
23 Nevada $47,279 $48,840 103.3
24 New Jersey $47,235 $57,580 121.9
25 Alabama $46,907 $42,780 91.2
26 Florida $46,744 $45,950 98.3
27 Maryland $46,685 $58,590 125.5
28 Indiana $46,424 $41,550 89.5
29 Oregon $45,692 $52,820 115.6
30 Connecticut $45,473 $58,070 127.7
31 Kentucky $45,458 $41,140 90.5
32 West Virginia $45,406 $42,410 93.4
33 Arkansas $44,753 $38,980 87.1
34 Wyoming $44,313 $40,680 91.8
35 Rhode Island $44,117 $53,250 120.7
36 Mississippi $43,783 $37,610 85.9
37 Massachusetts $43,635 $58,210 133.4
38 California $43,568 $59,210 135.9
39 Louisiana $42,510 $40,300 94.8
40 Idaho $41,650 $38,360 92.1
41 Alaska $41,235 $54,060 131.1
42 North Dakota $40,985 $40,740 99.4
43 New Hampshire $40,897 $47,850 117.0
44 Montana $40,634 $40,960 100.8
45 New Mexico $40,611 $39,190 96.5
46 Maine $40,478 $44,850 110.8
47 South Carolina $40,352 $40,030 99.2
48 Vermont $37,266 $45,130 121.1
49 South Dakota $34,136 $35,400 103.7
50 Hawaii $27,111 $45,520 167.9
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