Careers and Employment

Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications. They also produce promotional displays, packaging, and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive logos for products and businesses. An increasing number of graphic designers also develop material for Internet Web pages, interactive media, and multimedia projects.

Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13 percent, as fast as the average for all occupations from 2008 to 2018, as demand for graphic design continues to increase from advertisers and computer design firms.

Graphic designers held about 286,100 jobs in 2008. Most graphic designers worked in specialized design services; advertising and related services; printing and related support activities; or newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers. A small number of designers produce computer graphics for computer systems design firms.  Some designers do freelance work.

Median annual wages for graphic designers were $42,400 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,600 and $56,620. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,110.

The table below shows salary information for the West Central region of Illinois.


Area Entry Annual Salary  Median Annual Salary  Experienced Annual Salary 
West Central EDR $18,056 $27,696 $33,260