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What Do Designer Do?

Example of Designer Job All designers not listed separately.

Other Designer Job Titles

  • Advertising Designer
  • Designer
  • Colorist
  • Memorial Designer
  • Home Stager

Is There Going to be Demand for Designers?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 9,000 jobs in the United States for Designer. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 500 new jobs for Designer by 2026. The BLS estimates 900 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Designer are Washington, District of Columbia, and Georgia. Watch out if you plan on working in Illinois, Virginia, or Texas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Designer Make?

Designers make between $25,960 and $123,020 a year.


Designers who work in Louisiana, California, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

How much do Designers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $22,920
Arizona $34,620
California $85,240
Colorado $64,540
Connecticut $65,990
District of Columbia $63,770
Florida $44,130
Georgia $67,890
Illinois $70,870
Indiana $65,650
Iowa $38,640
Kentucky $48,380
Louisiana $89,070
Maryland $71,650
Massachusetts $71,880
Michigan $53,440
Minnesota $53,350
Missouri $40,050
Montana $33,840
Nevada $62,510
New Jersey $56,880
New York $65,870
North Carolina $49,730
Ohio $55,560
Oregon $64,950
Pennsylvania $50,530
Rhode Island $58,660
Tennessee $75,820
Texas $57,640
Virginia $66,120
Washington $66,270
Wisconsin $67,880

Designers Sector


The table below shows the approximate number of Designers employed by various industries.



Image Credit: Szilas in the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts via Public domain

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