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

Male Income
Female Income

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.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Decorating Consultant9%91%
Floral Designer11%89%
Floral Manager11%89%
Senior Industrial Designer91%9%
Exhibit Builder93%7%

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%

Designer Race

Designer RacePercentages
Hispanic or Latino10.2%
Black or African American3.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Designer Wage Gap By Race

Asian designers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american designers have the lowest average salary at $69,637.
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Black or African American$69,637
Hispanic or Latino$72,331

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Average Age of a Designer

We determined the average age of designers based on ethnicity and gender.


Designer Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American36.536
Hispanic or Latino3433

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.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years

Designer Age

Designer YearsPercentages
40+ years39%
30-40 years34%
20-30 years27%

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

Designer DegreePercentages
High School Diploma4%
Other Degrees4%

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Designer Wage Gap By Education

Designers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $79,665 annually. With a Bachelors degree, designers earn a median annual income of $72,829 compared to $66,731 for designers with an Associate degree.
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Master's Degree$79,665
Bachelor's Degree$72,829
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.

Company Size

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

> 10,000

Designer Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees2%
50 - 100 employees2%
100 - 500 employees8%
500 - 1,000 employees10%
1,000 - 10,000 employees40%
> 10,000 employees39%

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

Company TypePercentages

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.

Fortune 500





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

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Designer Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year26%
1-2 years35%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years5%
11+ years8%

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 TitleLGBTJob Openings
Commercial Illustrator10.60%26,559
News Editor11.70%12,484
Show Design Supervisor12.87%37,552
Interior Decorator17.34%11,194
Wardrobe Stylist17.98%12,526

Designer LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Commercial Illustrator10.60%26,559
News Editor11.70%12,484
Show Design Supervisor12.87%37,552
Interior Decorator17.34%11,194
Wardrobe Stylist17.98%12,526

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

Foreign LanguagePercentages

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Designer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a designer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of designers is $90,605. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Designers Earn The Most?

Designers earn the most in Washington, where the average designer salary is $99,369. The map here shows where designers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Designers In High Demand?

Designers are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 127 job openings for designers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country designers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Designer Demographics FAQs

How Many Designer Are There In The Us?

There are over 101,228 Designers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Designers Are Black?

3.5% of Designers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Designers?

Most a are White, with 76.1% of Designers belonging to this ethnicity. 10.2% of Designers are Hispanic or Latino, 7.6% of Designers are Asian, 3.5% of Designers are Black or African American, 2.3% of Designers are Unknown, and 0.3% of Designers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Designer Jobs Male - Dominated ?

Yes, Designer jobs are male - dominated. 56% of Designers are male, and 43% are female, so there are more male Designers than female Designers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Designer ?

The average Designer is 38 years old. 39% of Designers are 40+ years old or older, 34% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 27% are between 20-30 years old

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