The 10 States With The Highest Graphic Designer Salaries For 2019

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. Illinois
  2. Virginia
  3. Georgia
  4. Washington
  5. Texas
  6. Missouri
  7. Arizona
  8. Colorado
  9. Tennessee
  10. Michigan

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 2018 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 $61100, so our index value would be:

$61,100 * (100 / 135.9) = $44,959

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 Illinois $60,137 $56,890 94.6
2 Virginia $60,059 $60,540 100.8
3 Georgia $59,365 $54,260 91.4
4 Washington $57,538 $60,530 105.2
5 Texas $55,898 $50,700 90.7
6 Missouri $55,696 $50,350 90.4
7 Arizona $55,132 $54,030 98.0
8 Colorado $54,595 $56,670 103.8
9 Tennessee $54,541 $48,760 89.4
10 Michigan $53,595 $47,700 89.0
11 Ohio $53,443 $50,130 93.8
12 Minnesota $53,075 $53,500 100.8
13 North Carolina $52,928 $49,700 93.9
14 Nebraska $52,379 $47,980 91.6
15 Pennsylvania $52,317 $53,050 101.4
16 Utah $51,752 $48,130 93.0
17 Alabama $51,491 $46,960 91.2
18 Kansas $51,468 $46,270 89.9
19 Indiana $50,312 $45,030 89.5
20 Delaware $50,216 $50,920 101.4
21 Mississippi $49,639 $42,640 85.9
22 Florida $49,623 $48,780 98.3
23 Wisconsin $49,566 $47,980 96.8
24 Idaho $49,533 $45,620 92.1
25 New York $49,496 $64,840 131.0
26 Kentucky $49,226 $44,550 90.5
27 Oregon $49,039 $56,690 115.6
28 Rhode Island $48,649 $58,720 120.7
29 West Virginia $48,565 $45,360 93.4
30 New Jersey $48,515 $59,140 121.9
31 Arkansas $48,507 $42,250 87.1
32 Iowa $48,263 $43,920 91.0
33 Louisiana $48,164 $45,660 94.8
34 Massachusetts $47,983 $64,010 133.4
35 Nevada $47,754 $49,330 103.3
36 Connecticut $47,533 $60,700 127.7
37 Maryland $46,701 $58,610 125.5
38 South Carolina $46,159 $45,790 99.2
39 Oklahoma $45,639 $40,710 89.2
40 New Mexico $45,637 $44,040 96.5
41 Alaska $45,491 $59,640 131.1
42 California $44,959 $61,100 135.9
43 New Hampshire $44,196 $51,710 117.0
44 North Dakota $42,052 $41,800 99.4
45 Wyoming $41,928 $38,490 91.8
46 Montana $41,884 $42,220 100.8
47 Maine $41,335 $45,800 110.8
48 Vermont $41,288 $50,000 121.1
49 South Dakota $35,004 $36,300 103.7
50 Hawaii $30,786 $51,690 167.9
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