Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
200,870 0.9 % $22.99 $47,820 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.71 $15.93 $20.76 $27.95 $36.75
Annual Wage (2) $26,440 $33,130 $43,180 $58,140 $76,450


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Specialized Design Services 28,100 $24.17 $50,280
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 25,670 $20.00 $41,600
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 23,450 $23.18 $48,210
Printing and Related Support Activities 17,960 $19.68 $40,940
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,700 $26.51 $55,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,640 $35.59 $74,030
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 220 $31.85 $66,250
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,840 $31.11 $64,710
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 490 $30.65 $63,750
Consumer Goods Rental (8) $28.38 $59,040


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 1,540 $32.74 $68,110 2.409
New York 19,980 $27.25 $56,680 2.355
Vermont 640 $20.50 $42,630 2.191
Utah 2,410 $20.46 $42,550 2.035
Minnesota 5,320 $22.22 $46,220 2.023

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 1,540 $32.74 $68,110 2.409
California 27,990 $27.49 $57,180 1.926
New York 19,980 $27.25 $56,680 2.355
Connecticut 2,660 $26.82 $55,780 1.616
Maryland 4,300 $24.94 $51,880 1.719


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,390 $35.90 $74,660 3.454
Bloomington, IN 250 $16.41 $34,130 3.329
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,000 $28.39 $59,060 3.161
Provo-Orem, UT 480 $21.04 $43,760 2.773
Bismarck, ND 170 $16.69 $34,720 2.727

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,390 $35.90 $74,660 3.454
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,650 $33.08 $68,810 1.850
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 990 $32.51 $67,610 2.359
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 370 $29.49 $61,350 2.342
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,000 $28.92 $60,160 2.172


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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