Graphic Designers in California
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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.
The typical state has 2,300 Graphic Designers working in it, which means California has more Graphic Designers than average.
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%.
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.
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|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||340||$48,780|
|Santa Rosa, CA||260||$66,170|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||210||$51,660|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||180||$45,750|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||120||$58,900|
Top States for Graphic Designers Employment
View the list below to see where most Graphic Designers work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Graphic Designers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$67,890|
Related Careers in CA
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|Occupation||CA Employment Total|
|Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers||16,780|
|Commercial and Industrial Designers||4,090|
|Set and Exhibit Designers||2,650|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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