The median annual wage for graphic designers was $46,900 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $81,320.
In May 2015, the median annual wages for graphic designers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Specialized design services
Advertising, public relations, and related services
Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers
Printing and related support activities
Most graphic designers work full time, but schedules can vary depending on workload and deadlines.
In 2014, about 1 in 5 graphic designers were self-employed. Graphic designers who are self-employed may need to adjust their workday to meet with clients in the evenings or on weekends. In addition, they may spend some of their time looking for new projects or competing with other designers for contracts.
Median annual wages, May 2015
Art and design workers
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics