Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
192,240 0.9 % $23.14 $48,140 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.60 $15.96 $20.92 $28.17 $36.98
Annual Wage (2) $26,200 $33,200 $43,500 $58,600 $76,910


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 25,360 22.23 $24.18 $50,300
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 24,920 4.94 $20.28 $42,180
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 21,410 5.24 $23.63 $49,150
Printing and Related Support Activities 16,180 3.27 $19.24 $40,010
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,570 0.60 $26.92 $56,000

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 25,360 22.23 $24.18 $50,300
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 21,410 5.24 $23.63 $49,150
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 24,920 4.94 $20.28 $42,180
Printing and Related Support Activities 16,180 3.27 $19.24 $40,010
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 6,510 2.45 $18.93 $39,370

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) 1,680 0.08 $36.45 $75,810
Amusement Parks and Arcades 70 0.04 $31.68 $65,890
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 230 0.15 $30.81 $64,080
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $30.78 $64,020
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 40 0.19 $30.32 $63,060


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 26,390 1.89 1.25 $27.52 $57,240
New York 18,970 2.27 1.50 $27.65 $57,510
Florida 11,160 1.57 1.04 $20.53 $42,700
Texas 11,020 1.09 0.72 $21.44 $44,590
Illinois 9,870 1.79 1.18 $24.63 $51,220




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)
District of Columbia 1,490 2.34 1.54 $31.74 $66,020
New York 18,970 2.27 1.50 $27.65 $57,510
Vermont 590 2.06 1.36 $19.79 $41,170
Minnesota 5,160 2.01 1.33 $21.94 $45,640
Utah 2,210 1.92 1.27 $20.19 $41,990




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 1,490 2.34 1.54 $31.74 $66,020
New York 18,970 2.27 1.50 $27.65 $57,510
California 26,390 1.89 1.25 $27.52 $57,240
Connecticut 2,520 1.58 1.04 $27.42 $57,040
Maryland 3,930 1.60 1.06 $25.44 $52,920

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 15,280 3.07 2.03 $29.00 $60,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,290 2.43 1.61 $26.91 $55,980
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 7,800 2.20 1.46 $25.91 $53,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,910 2.14 1.42 $29.06 $60,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,090 2.44 1.61 $23.14 $48,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,660 1.66 1.10 $25.21 $52,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,410 2.06 1.36 $25.90 $53,870
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,280 2.39 1.58 $26.27 $54,640
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,230 1.79 1.18 $23.83 $49,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,100 3.27 2.16 $36.89 $76,740




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,100 3.27 2.16 $36.89 $76,740
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,280 3.07 2.03 $29.00 $60,320
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 460 2.80 1.85 $25.52 $53,090
Boulder, CO 390 2.59 1.71 $23.68 $49,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,090 2.44 1.61 $23.14 $48,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,290 2.43 1.61 $26.91 $55,980
Ames, IA 100 2.43 1.61 $18.33 $38,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,280 2.39 1.58 $26.27 $54,640
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 370 2.36 1.56 $28.96 $60,230
Provo-Orem, UT 400 2.36 1.56 $22.26 $46,300




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,100 3.27 2.16 $36.89 $76,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,630 1.90 1.26 $35.38 $73,600
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 800 1.98 1.31 $33.38 $69,430
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,210 2.19 1.45 $29.46 $61,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,910 2.14 1.42 $29.06 $60,450
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,280 3.07 2.03 $29.00 $60,320
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 370 2.36 1.56 $28.96 $60,230
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 150 1.75 1.16 $27.74 $57,710
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 0.76 0.50 $27.46 $57,110
Danbury, CT 100 1.52 1.00 $27.31 $56,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 310 0.81 0.54 $15.28 $31,780
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 280 1.52 1.00 $16.17 $33,640
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 280 1.05 0.69 $15.96 $33,200
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 260 1.48 0.98 $15.62 $32,480
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 250 1.47 0.97 $17.91 $37,250

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 80 2.39 1.58 $19.17 $39,870
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 2.28 1.51 $25.04 $52,070
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 230 2.24 1.48 $17.13 $35,630
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 2.19 1.45 $21.37 $44,440
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 2.01 1.33 $25.92 $53,910

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.23 0.82 $26.79 $55,720
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 2.01 1.33 $25.92 $53,910
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 2.28 1.51 $25.04 $52,070
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 50 0.72 0.47 $21.81 $45,370
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.14 0.76 $21.62 $44,970


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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