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7.1% Jobs Projection
$56,810 Median Salary
3,750 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Graphic Designers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Graphic Designers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Graphic Designers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Graphic Designers Work in California?

In 2018, there were 29,320 Graphic Designers working in the state.

There were 30,180 Graphic Designers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 860 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Graphic Designers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 2,300 Graphic Designers working in it, which means California has more Graphic Designers than average.

Graphic Designers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Graphic Designers in this state are growing at a rate of 7.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 4.2%.

Job Projections for Graphic Designers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 3,750 annual job openings, and a total of 39,400 jobs for California Graphic Designers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 26,000 annual jobs and 277,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Graphic Designers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Graphic Designers ranged from $32,260 to $97,290 with $56,810 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $15.51 to $46.78. The median hourly rate was $27.31.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $26.28 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.03.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Graphic Designers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Graphic Designers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Graphic Designers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,450 $55,300
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,200 $65,960
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,350 $54,170
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,930 $65,290
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,520 $42,710
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 950 $51,710
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 340 $48,780
Santa Rosa, CA 260 $66,170
Bakersfield, CA 250 $40,010
Fresno, CA 230 $39,730
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 210 $51,660
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 180 $45,750
Stockton-Lodi, CA 150 $40,370
Modesto, CA 140 $44,960
Salinas, CA 120 $47,310
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 120 $58,900
Chico, CA 110 $38,850
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 $51,150
Napa, CA 90 $56,200
Merced, CA 50 $56,470
Visalia-Porterville, CA 40 $38,160
Redding, CA 40 $42,120

Top States for Graphic Designers Employment

View the list below to see where most Graphic Designers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 29,320 $56,810
New York 21,350 $59,840
Florida 13,550 $45,880
Texas 13,480 $47,570
Illinois 11,700 $53,410
Pennsylvania 8,710 $50,080
Ohio 7,120 $46,740
North Carolina 6,460 $45,210
Georgia 6,400 $49,440
Minnesota 6,190 $49,590
New Jersey 5,980 $55,100
Wisconsin 5,780 $46,190
Massachusetts 5,680 $60,530
Michigan 5,680 $44,480
Washington 5,060 $58,450
Virginia 5,000 $55,560
Colorado 4,730 $50,950
Missouri 3,740 $47,740
Indiana 3,740 $42,980
Oregon 3,510 $53,900

Below are the states where Graphic Designers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $67,890
Massachusetts $60,530
New York $59,840
Washington $58,450
Rhode Island $57,050
California $56,810
Connecticut $56,600
Alaska $56,300
Virginia $55,560
Maryland $55,230

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