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Graphic Designers

Other names for this job might include Advertising Designer, Advertising Layout Worker, Art Director, Artist, Catalogue Illustrator, Commerical Artist, Composing Room Supervisor, Concept Artist, Creative Director, Creative Manager

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How Much Do Graphic Designers Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Graphic Designers make.

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Average salary

Annual salary
$52290 per year

Hourly wage
$25.140 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Graphic Designers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Graphic Designers is $52290. Their salary can also be as low as $27950 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $82020 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $25.140 and can range from $13.440 to $39.430 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Graphic Designer will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Graphic Designers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of C.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$39.430$82020
Senior (Top 25%)$30.450$63340
Middle (Mid 50%)$22.900$47640
Junior (Bottom 25%)$17.100$35560
No experience (Bottom 10%)$13.440$27950

Entry-level Graphic Designers who starts out at $35560 can expect to make $47640 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $13.440 per hour while the top 10% makes over $39.430 per hour.

While the median wage is $47640 per annum or $22.900 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Federal Executive Branch37.2277420
Federal government, including the US Postal Service37.2277410
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing34.371340
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations33.0568750
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage30.9964460
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences30.8664180
Other Telecommunications30.7363910
Federal, State, and Local Government30.4963420
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service30.4963420
Scientific Research and Development Services30.0862570
Other Information Services29.7261810
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing29.6761710
Motion Picture and Video Industries29.5761500
Engineering Services29.561370
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities29.2560840
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries29.1860690
Computer Systems Design and Related Services28.9260160
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank28.8760040
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing28.7459770
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing28.6559600
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services28.6359540
Depository Credit Intermediation28.4659200
Testing Laboratories28.4559170
Other Financial Investment Activities28.3859030
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation28.3558960
Management of Companies and Enterprises27.9758170
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.9158060
Wired Telecommunications Carriers27.8657950
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned27.6857560
Communications Equipment Manufacturing27.6157420
Cable and Other Subscription Programming27.5257230
Finance and Insurance27.5257230
Facilities Support Services27.4757140
Nondepository Credit Intermediation27.4457080
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing27.4157000
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities27.3856950
Amusement Parks and Arcades27.3656910
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities27.3556880
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages27.3356840
Electronics and Appliance Stores27.2156590
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities27.1656500
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing27.1456440
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing27.0556270
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities26.9756100
Insurance Carriers26.9155970
Social Advocacy Organizations26.955950
Other Insurance Related Activities26.8955920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services26.8255780
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers26.8155760
Software Publishers26.7755680
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing26.6855500
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations26.6655460
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service26.6355390
Investigation and Security Services26.6155360
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services26.5955300
Offices of Physicians26.5755270
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)26.5555220
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing26.3654830
Employment Services26.3154710
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services26.2554610
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing26.1954480
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals26.1554400
Grantmaking and Giving Services26.0954270
Specialized Design Services26.0354140
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution25.8353720
Textile Furnishings Mills25.7253500
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned25.753460
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)25.6853410
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction25.6653370
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing25.6653370
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing25.6153260
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing25.5353100
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services25.4953020
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing25.4853000
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing25.4552930
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing25.4152850
Hospitals, Privately owned25.3952820
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing25.3852800
Warehousing and Storage25.3852800
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations25.3152650
Hospitals, State government owned25.2752570
Transportation and Warehousing25.2452510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned25.2252460
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services25.2152430
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)25.1852380
Local government, including schools and hospitals25.1452290
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services25.1252250
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned25.0952180
Chemical Manufacturing25.0252040
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers25.0152010
Legal Services24.9751940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)24.9751940
Furniture Stores24.9651910
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing24.9151820
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors24.8751730
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services24.851580
Sound Recording Industries24.7851530
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned24.7451450
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing24.7151400
Broadcasting (except Internet)24.6751310
Apparel Manufacturing24.6651300
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing24.6251210
Food Manufacturing24.6151180
Household Appliance Manufacturing24.6151180
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)24.6151180
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers24.5751100
Educational Support Services, Privately owned24.5551070
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation24.5551060
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores24.5351020
Paper Manufacturing24.550960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)24.4550860
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers24.3950730
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)24.3750680
All industries24.3650670
Outpatient Care Centers24.3650670
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)24.3250580
Television Broadcasting24.2950520
Educational Services, Privately owned24.2850510
All industries, private ownership only24.2850500
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)24.2650470
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals24.2450420
Other Food Manufacturing24.1350200
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing24.1350190
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing24.1150150
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services24.150140
Administrative and Support Services24.150120
Radio and Television Broadcasting24.0550020
Home Furnishings Stores24.0450010
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers24.0349990
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers24.0349980
Office Administrative Services24.0249950
Educational Services, Local government owned23.9749860
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing23.9549830
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing23.949710
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries23.8949690
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing23.8749640
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills23.8349560
Ambulatory Health Care Services23.7949480
Building Equipment Contractors23.7749450
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing23.7749430
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers23.7449390
Machinery Manufacturing23.7449380
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing23.7449380
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers23.7449380
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing23.7249330
Plastics Product Manufacturing23.7149320
Junior colleges, Local government owned23.649100
Photographic Services23.649090
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation23.5649000
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses23.4748810
Nonstore Retailers23.4448760
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries23.4448760
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing23.448680
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned23.3748600
Other Support Services23.3648590
Support Activities for Transportation23.3548580
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers23.348470
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers23.2348320
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers23.2348310
Nonresidential Building Construction23.2148280
Direct Selling Establishments23.1748190
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)23.1748190
Wholesale Trade23.1548140
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods23.1348100
Travel Agencies23.1348100
Spectator Sports23.0848010
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services23.0747980
Building Material and Supplies Dealers23.0247890
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events23.0147860
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers2347850
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services22.9947820
Activities Related to Real Estate22.9847810
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)22.9847800
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing22.9747780
Hospitals, Local government owned22.9647760
Civic and Social Organizations22.9547740
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing22.9447710
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions22.9447710
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors22.9347700
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing22.9347700
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing22.9247670
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing22.8847590
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers22.8847590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)22.8747570
Textile Mills22.847420
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods22.847420
Animal Food Manufacturing22.7647350
Dairy Product Manufacturing22.7447310
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing22.7547310
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing22.7447300
Footwear Manufacturing22.7347280
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing22.7347280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned22.7247250
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers22.6947190
Traveler Accommodation22.6947190
Beverage Manufacturing22.6847170
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers22.6847170
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities22.6747150
Casino Hotels22.6347080
Shoe Stores22.647010
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing22.5146810
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers22.4846760
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers22.4846750
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers22.4146610
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media22.3746540
Real Estate22.3646510
Building Finishing Contractors22.3346450
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing22.2946360
Construction of Buildings22.2246220
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers22.1946160
State government, including schools and hospitals22.0545860
Radio Broadcasting22.0445850
Social Assistance22.0445840
Publishing Industries (except Internet)21.9945730
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing21.9845710
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers21.9845710
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing21.9145570
Individual and Family Services21.8945530
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing21.7545230
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing21.7445220
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers21.745130
Retail Trade21.6344990
Health and Personal Care Stores21.5944910
Residential Building Construction21.5844880
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing21.5244770
Accommodation and Food Services21.5244750
Religious Organizations21.4944690
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors21.4244550
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers21.3944480
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers21.3144330
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned21.2544200
Educational Services, State government owned21.2444180
Junior colleges, State government owned21.1544000
Other Wood Product Manufacturing21.1343960
Performing Arts Companies21.0843850
Vocational Rehabilitation Services21.0343750
Business Support Services21.0343730
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills21.0243710
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers20.9843640
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned20.9743610
Consumer Goods Rental20.9543570
Restaurants and Other Eating Places20.9443560
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers20.9243520
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing20.7743190
Textile Product Mills20.7443140
Rental and Leasing Services20.7343120
Wood Product Manufacturing20.743050
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters20.6442930
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing20.5942830
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)20.5642770
Miscellaneous Manufacturing20.5642760
Grocery Stores20.5542730
Apparel Knitting Mills20.5342700
Gambling Industries20.5142660
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers20.5142650
Food and Beverage Stores20.4842600
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing20.2742160
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing20.2342080
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing20.2242050
Repair and Maintenance20.242010
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair20.1641940
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing20.1641930
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing20.0641730
Other Personal Services20.0541700
Telephone Call Centers19.9741550
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing19.8641300
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries19.8641300
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)19.8541290
Lessors of Real Estate19.8441260
Specialty Food Stores19.7841140
Fabric Mills19.7741120
Printing and Related Support Activities19.6740910
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned19.6440860
Other Textile Product Mills19.6140780
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores19.3240180
Automotive Repair and Maintenance19.340140
Personal and Laundry Services19.2239980
Newspaper Publishers19.0439610
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores18.9939500
Food Services and Drinking Places18.9139340
Book Stores and News Dealers18.8939300
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing18.8839270
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers18.8339170
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores18.7138920
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores18.6938880
Sporting Goods Stores18.6738820
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing18.5838640
Clothing Stores18.438270
Miscellaneous Store Retailers18.3938250
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers1837440
Home Health Care Services17.9137250
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities17.6836770
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores17.6336670
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing17.5936580
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing16.4334170
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)16.4334170
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores16.4234150
Personal Care Services14.2329600

Not all industries pay the same for Graphic Designers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Graphic Designer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Graphic Designers are in the states of DC, NY, CA, MD and MA. The average salary in DC is $74840.

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