Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for graphic 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 118,080 graphic designers currently employed in the United States.
  • 50.2% of all graphic designers are women, while 49.8% are men.
  • The average age of an employed graphic designer is 37 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of graphic 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 95% of what men earned.
  • 12% of all graphic designers are LGBT.
  • Graphic designers are 50% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Graphic Designer Statistics By Gender

50.2% of graphic designers are women and 49.8% of graphic designers are men.

  • Female, 50.2%
  • Male, 49.8%

Graphic Designers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female50.2%
Male49.8%

Gender Pay Gap For Graphic Designer

Women Earn 95¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$52,649
female-income
Female Income
$49,963

Graphic 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%
Graphic Designer50%50%
Craftsman88%12%
Senior Industrial Designer91%9%
Exhibit Builder93%7%

Graphic Designer Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among graphic designers is White, which makes up 76.1% of all graphic 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%

Graphic Designer Race

Graphic Designer RacePercentages
White76.1%
Hispanic or Latino10.2%
Asian7.6%
Black or African American3.5%
Unknown2.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Graphic Designer Wage Gap By Race

Asian graphic designers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american graphic designers have the lowest average salary at $48,191.
$57,000
$55,000
$53,000
$51,000
$49,000
$47,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$53,529
White$50,021
Black or African American$48,191
Asian$55,094
Hispanic or Latino$49,697

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Average Age of a Graphic Designer

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

Male
Female

Graphic Designer Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown3734
White3835
Black or African American36.536
Asian3835
Hispanic or Latino3433

Graphic Designer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of graphic designer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of graphic designers is 40+ years old, which represents 39% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Graphic Designer Age

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

Types of Graphic Designer Degree Levels

The most common degree for graphic designers is bachelor's degree 68% of graphic designers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 23% and rounding it off is master's degree with 3%.

  • Bachelors, 68%
  • Associate, 23%
  • Masters, 3%
  • High School Diploma, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Graphic Designers By Education

Graphic Designer DegreePercentages
Bachelors68%
Associate23%
Masters3%
High School Diploma3%
Other Degrees3%

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Graphic Designer Wage Gap By Education

Graphic designers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $53,731 annually. With a Bachelors degree, graphic designers earn a median annual income of $49,963 compared to $46,544 for graphic designers with an Associate degree.
$55,000
$53,000
$51,000
$49,000
$47,000
$45,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$53,731
Bachelor's Degree$49,963
Some College/ Associate Degree$46,544

Graphic Designer Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where graphic designers work. We found most graphic designers work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most graphic designers is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire graphic designers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Graphic Designer Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees6%
50 - 100 employees3%
100 - 500 employees9%
500 - 1,000 employees12%
1,000 - 10,000 employees34%
> 10,000 employees36%

The Types Of Companies Graphic Designer Work In

Employees with the graphic designer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most graphic designers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Graphic Designer Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education10%
Public39%
Private50%
Government1%

Top Industries Hiring Graphic Designers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ graphic designers. Those industries include professional, media and technology.

Fortune 500

Media

Retail

Professional

Technology

Graphic Designer Turnover And Employment Statistics

The Average Number of Years That Graphic Designer Stay in a Job

By looking over 120,919 graphic designers resumes, we figured out that the average graphic designer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 30%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Graphic Designer Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year24%
1-2 years30%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years7%
11+ years12%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Graphic 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 graphic designers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Paintings Restorer10.60%1000.00%
Floral Manager11.46%51,189
Editing Internship11.70%49,315
Graphic Designer12.14%
Theater Set Production Designer12.87%97,246
Director Of Interiors17.34%10,606
Clothes Designer17.98%43,787

Graphic Designer LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Paintings Restorer10.60%10
Floral Manager11.46%51,189
Editing Internship11.70%49,315
Theater Set Production Designer12.87%97,246
Director Of Interiors17.34%10,606
Clothes Designer17.98%43,787

Foreign Languages Spoken By Graphic Designers

The most common foreign language among graphic designers is Spanish at 49.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 9.6% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 5.8%.

  • Spanish, 49.7%
  • French, 9.6%
  • Chinese, 5.8%
  • Mandarin, 4.8%
  • Japanese, 4.3%
  • Other, 25.8%

Graphic Designer Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish49.7%
French9.6%
Chinese5.8%
Mandarin4.8%
Japanese4.3%
Other25.8%

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Graphic Designer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a graphic designer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of graphic designers is $67,530. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Graphic Designers Earn The Most?

Graphic designers earn the most in Massachusetts, where the average graphic designer salary is $58,553. The map here shows where graphic designers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Graphic Designers In High Demand?

Graphic designers are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 83 job openings for graphic designers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country graphic designers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Graphic Designer Demographics FAQs

How Many Graphic Designer Are There In The Us?

There are over 111,578 Graphic Designers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Graphic Designers Are Black?

3.5% of Graphic Designers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Graphic Designers?

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

Are Graphic Designer Jobs Male - Dominated ?

No, Graphic Designer jobs are not male - dominated. 50% of Graphic Designers are female, and 49% are male, so there are more female Graphic Designers than male Graphic Designers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Graphic Designer ?

The average Graphic Designer is 38 years old. 39% of Graphic 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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