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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Graphic Designer Salary

$48,792 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$23.46 hourly

Entry level Salary
$34,000 yearly
$34,000
10 %
$48,792
Median
$68,000
90 %

How much does a Graphic Designer make?

Graphic designers make $48,792 per year on average, or $23.46 per hour, in the United States. Graphic designers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $34,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $68,000.

Location impacts how much a graphic designer can expect to make. Graphic designers make the most in Washington, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York.

Highest Paying States For Graphic Designers

The darker areas on the map show where graphic designers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Graphic Designer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$68,304$32.84930
2Massachusetts$61,718$29.67775
3District of Columbia$63,101$30.34228
4Rhode Island$56,683$27.2592
5New York$57,837$27.811,402
6Virginia$57,156$27.48753
7Oregon$55,529$26.70490
8Maine$58,757$28.2583
9Michigan$51,470$24.75540
10California$53,466$25.703,451
11Pennsylvania$51,754$24.88693
12Maryland$54,148$26.03423
13Alaska$62,580$30.0934
14New Jersey$54,718$26.31416
15North Carolina$49,775$23.93633
16New Hampshire$48,493$23.31131
17Minnesota$48,108$23.13443
18West Virginia$52,712$25.3453
19Connecticut$49,581$23.84219
20Illinois$48,329$23.24795
21North Dakota$49,594$23.8439
22Colorado$47,949$23.05395
23Ohio$45,525$21.89545
24Delaware$47,935$23.0564
25Wisconsin$44,433$21.36354
26Nevada$45,697$21.97102
27Kentucky$46,749$22.48155
28Hawaii$52,151$25.0736
29Texas$42,457$20.411,410
30Arizona$44,158$21.23315
31Vermont$44,545$21.4245
32Kansas$42,098$20.24164
33Missouri$43,874$21.09284
34Indiana$43,930$21.12276
35Utah$38,701$18.61269
36Georgia$39,531$19.01806
37Idaho$42,437$20.4078
38South Carolina$42,336$20.35212
39Tennessee$41,623$20.01261
40Alabama$41,310$19.86201
41Florida$40,697$19.57838
42Nebraska$39,917$19.19112
43Iowa$37,257$17.91181
44New Mexico$36,577$17.5997
45Arkansas$36,958$17.77113
46Oklahoma$34,841$16.75145
47Wyoming$30,970$14.8930
48Montana$34,295$16.4952
49Louisiana$36,121$17.37132
50Mississippi$35,764$17.1977
51South Dakota$33,884$16.2946

Highest Paying Cities For Graphic Designers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Seattle, WA$70,160$33.73
2Washington, DC$63,101$30.34
3Boston, MA$61,762$29.69
4San Francisco, CA$59,507$28.61
5New York, NY$57,885$27.83
6Fort Lee, NJ$54,862$26.38
7Baltimore, MD$54,361$26.14
8Urban Honolulu, HI$52,251$25.12
9Philadelphia, PA$51,935$24.97
10Duluth, MN$49,585$23.84
11Charlotte, NC$49,175$23.64
12Chicago, IL$48,604$23.37
13Denver, CO$47,871$23.01
14Columbus, OH$45,184$21.72
15Las Vegas, NV$44,760$21.52

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Boston, MA
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. New York, NY

Graphic Designer Salary Details

Graphic Designer Salary

What is a Graphic Designer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$68,000$5,667$33
75th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
Average$48,792$4,066$23
25th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19
10th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Graphic Artist$62,736$5,228$30.168,752
Web Designer$59,353$4,946$28.5350,899
Visual Designer$86,902$7,242$41.7846,815
User Experience Designer$90,890$7,574$43.7052,582
Designer$70,703$5,892$33.9952,433
Interactive Designer$99,638$8,303$47.9048,136

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. AT&T Jobs (73)
  2. Apple Jobs (105)
  3. Independent Contractor Jobs (59)
  4. Gannett Jobs (62)
  5. Robert Half Jobs (219)

Which Companies Pay Graphic Designers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Microsoft and Google are the highest paying companies for graphic designers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Microsoft$151,954$73.0534
2Google$142,438$68.48195
3Meta$140,791$67.691161
4Airbnb$134,255$64.556
5Adobe$127,918$61.5062
6Seattle Rep$127,740$61.41
7Mapbox$126,287$60.71
8NVIDIA$121,190$58.261
9Yelp$119,647$57.526
10eBay$115,460$55.519
11Intuit$112,728$54.2027
12Shopkick$112,277$53.98
13Xilinx$110,429$53.09
14Autodesk$109,903$52.8459
15WarnerMedia$109,467$52.6329
16Twitter$107,940$51.89
17LinkedIn$106,182$51.051
18Etsy$106,100$51.011
19Boston Consulting Group$106,086$51.0014
20Yahoo$105,531$50.746

How Much Do Graphic Designers Make In Different Industries?

Graphic designer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the technology, media, and manufacturing industries tend to offer much higher salaries for graphic designers. For example, graphic designers make a whopping average salary of $61,857 while working in the technology industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $59,238 in the media industry and $57,961 in the manufacturing industry.

Graphic designers may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $55,525.

Highest Paying Industries For Graphic Designers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$61,857$29.74
2Media$59,238$28.48
3Manufacturing$57,961$27.87
4Finance$56,693$27.26
5Professional$56,386$27.11
6Retail$55,525$26.69

High Paying Graphic Designer Jobs

Graphic Designer Salary Trends

The salary for a graphic designer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Graphic Designer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$31,100$14.94
Mid Level$47,000$22.61
Senior Level$68,800$33.05

Average Graphic Designer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Graphic Designer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$48,800$23.46+2.4%
    2021$47,600$22.90+3.3%
    2020$46,000$22.13+3.3%
    2019$44,500$21.40+2.2%
    2018$43,500$20.94+1.6%

    Recently Added Graphic Designer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Little League InternationalTemporary Graphic Designer (Position)Williamsport, PA06/02/2022$37,566
    Anheuser-BuschGraphics DesignerBend, OR06/01/2022$46,400
    AtworkGraphic DesignerDenver, CO06/01/2022$52,000
    Automation Personnel ServicesGraphics DesignerPelham, AL06/01/2022$31,305
    Peraton CorporationJourneyman Graphics DesignerMaryland05/31/2022$53,622
    Environmental In New Brunswick, New JerseyGraphic DesignerNew Brunswick, NJ05/31/2022$40,763
    Rs&HGraphic DesignerDenver, CO05/31/2022$54,450
    Utah State UniversitySpanish Speaking Graphic DesignerBrigham City, UT05/31/2022$41,740
    PerspectaCleared Graphic DesignerAnnapolis, MD05/31/2022$58,100
    JBS UsaGraphic DesignerLafayette, CO05/31/2022$51,000

    Graphic Designer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Graphic Designers the most?

    Washington pays Graphic Designers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $68,304 per year, or $32.84 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Graphic Designer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Graphic Designer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $63,101 per year.

    What type of Graphic Designer gets paid the most?

    Lead Designer gets paid the most. Lead Designer made a median salary of $111,727. The best-paid 10 percent make $134,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $92,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Graphic Designer?

    A good starting salary for a graphic designer is $34,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a graphic designer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for graphic designers is $48,792, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a graphic designer can vary by state.

    Do graphic designers get paid well?

    Yes, graphic designers get paid well. The average graphic designer makes $50,000 in the United States. Meanwhile, highly skilled and experienced graphic designers can average $80,000 while graphic designers just starting average $30,000.

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