The average salary for a graphic designer in California is around $56,810 per year.
This is 18% below the national average. Updated in 2018.
Graphic designers earn an average yearly salary of $56,810. Wages typically start from $32,260 and go up to $97,290.
Graphic designer earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Graphic designer salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$67,890|
How much does a Graphic Designer earn?
Coming out of college, aspiring graphic designers usually have a bachelor's degree in graphic design, computer design or a closely related subject. These new graphic designers with less than three years of experience reported salaries ranging from $37,250 to $53,000 per year, according to a 2013 starting salary survey published by the Creative Group. Those with between three and five years of experience reported salaries ranging between $48,750 and $68,000, while graphic designers with over five years of experience earned between $61,000 and $83,250 per year.
Having access to the internet has meant that it’s more possible now than ever before to work anywhere in the world, but if you look at the figures it’s still very clear that graphic designers primarily working in major cities like New York and San Fransisco are earning more than designers working in the suburbs. The best-paying states, according to the BLS, were the District of Columbia, New York, Connecticut, California and Maryland in May 2014.
Having experience under your belt and also having done some work with big-name clients is a really good way to justify a higher rate than other designers. Likewise, if the company you are working for deals with high-end brands, then they will want excellent graphic designers. These companies attract and keep their designers by paying them extremely well. The top-paying industries for graphic designers were the Federal Executive Branch and aerospace products and parts manufacturing, according to the BLS.
According to September 2015 data from PayScale.com, the salary ranges corresponding to experience levels were as follows:
0-5 years - $24,652 - $52,205
5-10 years - $29,318 - $61,718
10-19 years - $30,609 - $71,995
20 years or more - $31,093 - $85,024
How do graphic designer salaries compare to similar careers?
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)