Training Requirements for Graphic Designers

Graphic designers need a bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Graphic designers
Percent
Less than High School 2.2
High School 10.0
Some College 16.8
Associates Degree 12.8
Bachelors Degree 48.0
Masters Degree 8.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.4

Employment Outlook for Graphic Designers

This represents about 261,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 3,000 more graphic designers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 65,000 more.

Typical Income for Graphic Designers

Hourly Income

On average,graphic designers make $25.14 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Graphic designers $13.44 $17.10 $22.90 $30.45 $39.43
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $10.20 $14.69 $22.69 $34.33 $49.69
Art and design workers $10.60 $14.27 $21.35 $31.59 $45.20
Designers $10.36 $13.55 $19.61 $28.94 $39.36
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, graphic designers make $52,290 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Graphic designers $27,950 $35,560 $47,640 $63,340 $82,020
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $21,210 $30,560 $47,190 $71,410 $103,360
Art and design workers $22,050 $29,690 $44,410 $65,700 $94,010
Designers $21,550 $28,190 $40,800 $60,200 $81,870
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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