Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

27-1024 Graphic Designers

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
197,540 1.0 % $24.36 $50,670 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.03 $16.64 $22.07 $29.68 $38.74
Annual Wage (2) $27,100 $34,600 $45,900 $61,740 $80,570


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 26,430 20.95 $26.03 $54,140
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,100 4.67 $24.80 $51,580
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 18,510 4.40 $21.70 $45,130
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,440 3.83 $19.67 $40,910
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,260 0.47 $28.92 $60,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 26,430 20.95 $26.03 $54,140
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 22,100 4.67 $24.80 $51,580
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 18,510 4.40 $21.70 $45,130
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,440 3.83 $19.67 $40,910
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,130 2.93 $20.27 $42,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,600 0.08 $37.22 $77,420
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 360 0.07 $34.30 $71,340
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 140 0.03 $30.99 $64,460
Other Telecommunications 60 0.08 $30.73 $63,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,060 0.17 $30.08 $62,570


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 27,180 1.80 1.23 $28.34 $58,940
New York 18,460 2.10 1.43 $29.11 $60,560
Texas 11,780 1.05 0.72 $21.89 $45,530
Florida 11,430 1.49 1.02 $21.37 $44,450
Illinois 9,390 1.63 1.11 $24.58 $51,120



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 18,460 2.10 1.43 $29.11 $60,560
Minnesota 5,420 1.99 1.36 $24.49 $50,940
Utah 2,540 1.98 1.36 $22.76 $47,340
District of Columbia 1,270 1.88 1.29 $35.01 $72,820
California 27,180 1.80 1.23 $28.34 $58,940



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,270 1.88 1.29 $35.01 $72,820
New York 18,460 2.10 1.43 $29.11 $60,560
Connecticut 2,290 1.39 0.95 $28.34 $58,940
California 27,180 1.80 1.23 $28.34 $58,940
Maryland 3,650 1.43 0.98 $28.09 $58,440




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,620 2.71 1.85 $31.46 $65,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,600 2.37 1.62 $27.64 $57,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,130 1.90 1.30 $25.57 $53,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,930 2.07 1.41 $25.43 $52,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,450 1.87 1.28 $30.98 $64,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,270 2.34 1.60 $25.86 $53,800
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,820 2.05 1.40 $26.72 $55,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,290 2.22 1.52 $25.42 $52,880
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,100 1.73 1.18 $26.60 $55,320
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,040 1.07 0.73 $21.66 $45,050