Graphic Design Wages

By CRAIG KUNCE

Graphic Designers

  2007   2008   2009   2010
  total $/hr   total $/hr   total $/hr   total $/hr
United States 201,080 21.80   209,290 22.48            
Wisconsin 4,960 18.49   5,020 20.10            
La Crosse, WI 170 15.76   130 16.47            
Madison, WI 770 20.06   950 20.97            
Milwaukee, WI 1,760 19.57   1,730 20.95            
Minnesota 5,210 19.63   5,380 22.06            
Mpls-St. Paul 4,010 20.77   4,160 23.30            
Rochester, MN 120 24.12   130 27.30            
Iowa 2,170 15.78   2,210 18.05            
Des Moines 470 18.93                  
Illinois 10,180 20.28                  
Chicago 8,770 20.88                  
California 28,390 23.31                  
New York 19,380 24.29                  
  • From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Mean (average) wage used

Graphic Designer Wages from Payscale.com

Thanks to Margaret Riggs and Amy Lewellen who researched this in class (payscale.com)

payscale.com

Employed Graphic Designers By State

  2008
California 30340
New York 20830
Florida 13140
Texas 11340
Illinois 9960
Pennsylvania 8560
Ohio 8200
New Jersey 6460
Virginia 5890
Massachusetts 5580
Minnesota 5380
Georgia 5160
Michigan 5080
Wisconsin 5020
North Carolina 4940
Washington 4320
Maryland 4260
Missouri 3970
Arizona 3680
Indiana 3630
Tennessee 3410
Colorado 3300
Connecticut 2980
Oregon 2730
Utah 2560
Iowa 2210
Kansas 2170
Kentucky 2020
South Carolina 1960
Alabama 1860
Louisiana 1750
Nevada 1650
District of Columbia 1540
Nebraska 1530
Oklahoma 1470
Arkansas 1150
New Hampshire 1060
Puerto Rico 1040
Idaho 940
New Mexico 790
Mississippi 740
Vermont 730
Maine 690
Rhode Island 640
West Virginia 580
Hawaii 570
North Dakota 560
South Dakota 530
Montana 520
Delaware 410
Wyoming 290
Alaska 220
Guam 90

Art Directors

  2007   2008   2009   2010
  total $/hr   total $/hr   total $/hr   total $/hr
United States 32,290 34.77                  
Wisconsin 690 30.58   680 33.11            
Madison, WI 130 31.59                  
Milwaukee, WI 340 30.80                  
Minnesota 1,040 35.58                  
Mpls-St. Paul 830 38.27                  
Iowa 110 27.56                  
Illinois 1,100 28.89                  
Chicago 910 29.45                  
California 7,160 41.66                  
New York 4,730 48.56                  

Self-Employed Graphic Designers

2007: 60,ooo self-employed graphic designers in the U.S. ( 25% of total)
2008: 75,000 self-employed graphic designers in the U.S. (26% of total)

References

  1. United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm#W)
    (Self-employed workers are not included in these statistics)

Method/Overview

The OES survey covers all full-time and part-time wage and salary workers in nonfarm industries. Surveys collect data for the payroll period including the 12th day of May or November. The survey does not cover the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers.

The OES program surveys approximately 200,000 establishments per panel (every six months), taking three years to fully collect the sample of 1.2 million establishments. To reduce respondent burden, the collection is on a three-year survey cycle that ensures that establishments are surveyed at most once every three years.