The 10 States With The Highest Graphic Designer Salaries For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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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.

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 graphic designer salaries:

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

To better understand how graphic designer 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.

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

How we determined graphic designer pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for graphic designers from the 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 $70090, so our index value would be:

$70,090 * (100 / 135.9) = $51,574

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.

Detailed List Of Graphic Designer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $71,692 $75,420 105.2
2 Michigan $66,988 $59,620 89.0
3 Virginia $63,978 $64,490 100.8
4 Georgia $63,052 $57,630 91.4
5 Colorado $61,358 $63,690 103.8
6 Illinois $60,835 $57,550 94.6
7 Minnesota $60,466 $60,950 100.8
8 Ohio $58,880 $55,230 93.8
9 Utah $57,387 $53,370 93.0
10 North Carolina $57,263 $53,770 93.9
11 Arizona $57,234 $56,090 98.0
12 Alabama $57,182 $52,150 91.2
13 Nebraska $56,954 $52,170 91.6
14 New York $56,877 $74,510 131.0
15 Wisconsin $56,725 $54,910 96.8
16 Delaware $56,489 $57,280 101.4
17 Texas $56,141 $50,920 90.7
18 Tennessee $55,715 $49,810 89.4
19 New Jersey $55,627 $67,810 121.9
20 Florida $54,649 $53,720 98.3
21 Indiana $54,234 $48,540 89.5
22 Kentucky $54,154 $49,010 90.5
23 Rhode Island $53,935 $65,100 120.7
24 Arkansas $53,903 $46,950 87.1
25 Oklahoma $53,822 $48,010 89.2
26 Massachusetts $53,800 $71,770 133.4
27 Kansas $53,770 $48,340 89.9
28 Pennsylvania $53,145 $53,890 101.4
29 Missouri $52,466 $47,430 90.4
30 California $51,574 $70,090 135.9
31 South Carolina $51,532 $51,120 99.2
32 Maryland $51,474 $64,600 125.5
33 Nevada $51,239 $52,930 103.3
34 Wyoming $49,858 $45,770 91.8
35 Idaho $49,283 $45,390 92.1
36 Oregon $49,160 $56,830 115.6
37 Iowa $48,846 $44,450 91.0
38 Mississippi $48,381 $41,560 85.9
39 Connecticut $48,089 $61,410 127.7
40 New Hampshire $47,282 $55,320 117.0
41 West Virginia $46,916 $43,820 93.4
42 New Mexico $45,699 $44,100 96.5
43 Vermont $45,623 $55,250 121.1
44 Montana $45,476 $45,840 100.8
45 Maine $45,063 $49,930 110.8
46 Louisiana $44,968 $42,630 94.8
47 North Dakota $44,396 $44,130 99.4
48 Alaska $40,381 $52,940 131.1
49 South Dakota $38,688 $40,120 103.7
50 Hawaii $33,656 $56,510 167.9

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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