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Graphic Designers in Illinois

Want to work in Illinois as a Graphic Designer? Read this first!

6.1% Jobs Projection
$53,410 Median Salary
1,130 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Graphic Designers Work in Illinois?

11,700 people worked as Graphic Designers in 2018 in this state.

There were 11,180 Graphic Designers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 520 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Graphic Designers in IL Employment Trend

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

Graphic Designers in IL vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Graphic Designers in this state are growing at a rate of 6.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 4.2%.

Job Projections for Graphic Designers: Nation vs. IL

Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 1,130 annual Graphic Designers job openings in Illinois, and 11,980 total jobs in the year 2026.

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

What do Graphic Designers Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Graphic Designers ranged from $31,680 to $88,260 with $53,410 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $15.23 to $42.43. The median hourly rate was $25.68.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $25.11 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.57.

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

Graphic Designers Earnings: IL vs. National Average

Top Illinois 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
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,020 $56,140
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,060 $52,250
Peoria, IL 410 $41,080
Champaign-Urbana, IL 210 $38,920
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 200 $38,430
Rockford, IL 200 $37,920
Bloomington, IL 140 $45,100
Springfield, IL 110 $43,590
Decatur, IL 70 $46,450
Kankakee, IL 60 $36,800
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 50 $31,170
Carbondale-Marion, IL 50 $37,880

Top States for Graphic Designers Employment

The table below shows the states 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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Occupation IL Employment Total
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers 5,020
Interior Designers 2,250
Floral Designers 1,890
Commercial and Industrial Designers 1,410
Set and Exhibit Designers 340


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