Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
159,720 1.3 % $20.25 $42,120 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.16 $14.11 $18.28 $24.44 $31.70
Annual Wage (2) $23,220 $29,360 $38,030 $50,840 $65,940

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Specialized design services 23,950 $23.08 $48,000
Advertising and related services 22,270 $21.95 $45,650
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 21,550 $17.26 $35,900
Printing and related support activities 13,960 $16.77 $34,880
Architectural and engineering services 5,250 $21.53 $44,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Securities and commodity contracts brokerage 350 $26.78 $55,710
Legal services 130 $26.37 $54,850
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing 470 $26.24 $54,570
Accounting and bookkeeping services 410 $25.71 $53,480
Apparel and piece goods merchant wholesalers 1,390 $25.28 $52,590

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Vermont 590 $17.62 $36,640 0.201%
New York 15,860 $24.53 $51,030 0.192%
District of Columbia 1,140 $23.00 $47,850 0.189%
Minnesota 4,320 $19.52 $40,600 0.166%
Connecticut 2,530 $22.71 $47,250 0.155%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 4,530 $26.46 $55,050 0.145%
New York 15,860 $24.53 $51,030 0.192%
District of Columbia 1,140 $23.00 $47,850 0.189%
Nevada 1,010 $22.89 $47,600 0.090%
Connecticut 2,530 $22.71 $47,250 0.155%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 840 $25.14 $52,300 0.421%
Topeka, KS MSA 310 $15.24 $31,690 0.320%
New York, NY PMSA 11,090 $26.74 $55,610 0.279%
Lawrence, KS MSA 130 $17.09 $35,550 0.270%
Racine, WI PMSA 200 $19.46 $40,480 0.264%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 3,180 $29.35 $61,060 0.167%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 330 $28.37 $59,010 0.175%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,470 $27.72 $57,650 0.173%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 2,200 $27.03 $56,210 0.231%
New York, NY PMSA 11,090 $26.74 $55,610 0.279%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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