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9.6% Jobs Projection
$45,210 Median Salary
820 Job Openings

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

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

  • Graphic Designers in North Carolina earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Graphic Designers Work in North Carolina?

6,460 people worked as Graphic Designers in 2018 in this state.

There were 6,310 Graphic Designers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 150 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Graphic Designers in NC Employment Trend

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

Graphic Designers in NC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Graphic Designers in this state are growing at a rate of 9.6% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 4.2%.

Job Projections for Graphic Designers: Nation vs. NC

North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 820 annual Graphic Designers job openings in North Carolina, and 8,480 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 North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Graphic Designers ranged from $26,160 to $78,400 with $45,210 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $12.58 to $37.69. The median hourly rate was $21.73.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $21.35 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.38.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Graphic Designers Earnings: NC vs. National Average

Top North Carolina 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
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,980 $47,320
Raleigh, NC 1,270 $49,000
Greensboro-High Point, NC 660 $43,260
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 630 $47,480
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 470 $53,490
Winston-Salem, NC 340 $51,460
Wilmington, NC 310 $40,910
Asheville, NC 310 $42,580
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 250 $36,300
Burlington, NC 120 $37,960
Fayetteville, NC 110 $36,810
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 90 $34,080
Greenville, NC 90 $42,900
Rocky Mount, NC 40 $45,060
New Bern, NC 40 $44,780
Jacksonville, NC 30 $33,280

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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Occupation NC Employment Total
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Set and Exhibit Designers 110


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