|District of Columbia||$72,820|
Graphic designers design or create graphics to meet specific needs such as packaging, logos, displays, websites, publications, and more. Some graphic designers even design the overall look for film and television credits. They work with sound, colors, artwork, photography, software, and even animation to produce whatever the project entails. Graphic designers work in manufacturing, specialized design services, publishing, advertising, public relations, computer systems design and related services, wholesale trade, government, aerospace, securities and commodities, and scientific research and development services. Some graphic designers work independently in an office or studio setting, while others are part of a design team. Some designers telecommute, while others are self-employed. In 2012, around 24 percent of graphic designers were self-employed.
As of March 25, 2015, the mean wage for graphic designers was $50,670, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It is important to note that average salaries vary greatly by state and industry. For example, the ten highest paying states for graphic designers are:
- District of Columbia: $72,820 per year
- New York: $60,560
- California: $58,940
- Connecticut: $58,940
- Maryland: $58,440
- New Jersey: $56,030
- Washington: $55,030
- Virginia: $54,770
- Massachusetts: $54,650
- Rhode Island: $53,630
The ten lowest paying states for graphic designers are:
- South Carolina: $39,940 per year
- Iowa: $39,500
- Alabama: $39,470
- Louisiana: $39,170
- Arkansas: $39,100
- Maine: $38,000
- Wyoming: $37,960
- Mississippi: $36,250
- North Dakota: $35,370
- South Dakota: $35,140
The states with average salaries ranging from $45,810 to $49,530 per year are Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin. Of these states, Alaska had the highest average salary at $49,530 and Wisconsin had the lowest at $45,810.
The states with average salaries ranging from $40,440 to $45,530 per year are Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
So the state with the best pay for graphic designers? Washington, DC. The worst? South Dakota.
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