Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for designers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
- There are over 108,094 designers currently employed in the United States.
- 43.1% of all designers are women, while 56.9% are men.
- The average age of an employed designer is 37 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of designers is White (76.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (10.2%), Asian (7.6%) and Black or African American (3.5%).
- In 2021, women earned 94% of what men earned.
- 12% of all designers are LGBT.
- Designers are 55% more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.
Designer Statistics By Gender
43.1% of designers are women and 56.9% of designers are men.
- Male, 56.9%
- Female, 43.1%
Designers By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Designer
Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Designer Male to Female Ratio
We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, exhibit builder and senior industrial designer have the biggest difference in gender.
|Senior Industrial Designer||91%||9%|
Designer Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among designers is White, which makes up 76.1% of all designers. Comparatively, there are 10.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.6% of the Asian ethnicity.
- White, 76.1%
- Hispanic or Latino, 10.2%
- Asian, 7.6%
- Black or African American, 3.5%
- Unknown, 2.3%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%
|Hispanic or Latino||10.2%|
|Black or African American||3.5%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.3%|
Designer Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$69,637|
|Hispanic or Latino||$72,331|
Average Age of a Designer
We determined the average age of designers based on ethnicity and gender.
Designer Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||36.5||36|
|Hispanic or Latino||34||33|
Designer Age Breakdown
This chart breaks down the ages of designer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of designers is 40+ years old, which represents 39% of the population.
Types of Designer Degree Levels
The most common degree for designers is bachelor's degree 61% of designers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 24% and rounding it off is master's degree with 7%.
- Bachelors, 61%
- Associate, 24%
- Masters, 7%
- High School Diploma, 4%
- Other Degrees, 4%
Designers By Education
|High School Diploma||4%|
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Designer Wage Gap By Education
|Some College/ Associate Degree||$66,731|
Designer Employment Statistics
This section highlights information about where designers work. We found most designers work for a public company. In addition, the industry that employs the most designers is the technology industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire designers.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
Designer Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||2%|
|50 - 100 employees||2%|
|100 - 500 employees||8%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||10%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||40%|
|> 10,000 employees||39%|
The Types Of Companies Designer Work In
Employees with the designer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most designers prefer to work at public companies over private companies.
Designer Jobs By Sector
Top Industries Hiring Designers
Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ designers. Those industries include technology, professional and manufacturing.
Designer Turnover And Employment Statistics
The Average Number of Years That Designer Stay in a Job
By looking over 48,573 designers resumes, we figured out that the average designer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.
Less than one year
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||26%|
Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Designers with Other Job Titles
After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to designers.
|Job Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Show Design Supervisor||12.87%||37,552|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Designers
The most common foreign language among designers is Spanish at 41.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.5% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 7.4%.
- Spanish, 41.7%
- French, 10.5%
- Chinese, 7.4%
- Mandarin, 6.6%
- Italian, 5.3%
- Other, 28.5%
Designer Languages Spoken