Web designer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Web designer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Oregon $47,383
New Jersey $34,617
Arizona $42,666
Illinois $52,853
New York $46,366
Massachusetts $52,251
Washington $49,891
North Carolina $44,079
Virginia $42,810
Georgia $42,061
Minnesota $41,600
Michigan $38,905
Colorado $42,863
Texas $38,770
California $43,076
Pennsylvania $45,500
Indiana $34,500
Florida $35,676
Utah $33,640
Tennessee $27,040
Ohio $32,000
Maryland $35,000
Missouri $27,040

How much does a Web Designer earn?

Some web designers work with programmers and might not need specialized programming knowledge. Other web designers may specialize in the technical side of things and work with graphics pros who produce and lay out the visual elements that the web designer can then translate into code.

According to the BLS, web designers may either work for a firm and develop material for various websites or build websites for clients as self-employed freelancers. According to the American Institute of Graphic Arts, solo designers who freelanced or worked under contract to another company reported median earnings of $62,000-$65,000 (in 2013). BLS employment figures show that California employed the greatest number of designers. Other states with high employment of web designers include New York, Texas, Florida, Washington and Illinois.

Web designer salaries tend to keep fairly close to the cost of living in their state, according to figures released by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center in 2014. Below are four of the highest paying geographical areas and how they rank on affordability in the most recent MERIC report (out of 51 total regions):

Washington, D.C.: 50
Massachusetts: 43
Maryland: 41
Washington: 36

How do web designer salaries compare to similar careers?

Web designers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than computer systems analysts but more than quality assurance analysts.

Career Median Salary
Computer systems analyst salary $55K
Desktop publisher salary $34K
Data analyst salary $45K
Technical writer salary $49K
Database administrator salary $50K
Web designer salary $37K
Search marketing strategist salary $49K
Content manager salary $40K
Search engine optimization specialist salary $39K
Quality assurance analyst salary $42K