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  • Writer's pictureAnastasios Chatzipanagos

Graphic Designers' Daily Hours and Average Incomes in the USA and Europe

Updated: Nov 6

According to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average graphic designer in the United States works 39.6 hours per week. However, there is a wide range of work hours for graphic designers, with some working as few as 20 hours per week and others working as many as 60 hours per week.

The number of hours that a graphic designer works can vary depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Job title: Some graphic design jobs, such as art directors and creative directors, tend to have longer hours than others, such as entry-level graphic designers.

  • Industry: Graphic designers who work in industries with tight deadlines, such as advertising and publishing, may have longer hours than those who work in industries with more flexible deadlines, such as education and healthcare.

  • Company size: Graphic designers who work for large companies may have more structured hours than those who work for small companies or who are self-employed.


Graphic designers at work with laptops and tablets, set against a futuristic cityscape, representing creativity and technology in design.

The average income for a graphic designer in the United States is $53,380 per year. However, salaries for graphic designers can vary depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Experience: Graphic designers with more experience typically earn higher salaries than those with less experience.

  • Education: Graphic designers with a bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field typically earn higher salaries than those without a degree.

  • Location: Graphic designers who live in high-cost areas, such as New York City and San Francisco, typically earn higher salaries than those who live in low-cost areas.

In Europe, the average salary for a graphic designer varies depending on the country. For example, the average salary for a graphic designer in the United Kingdom is £35,000 per year, while the average salary for a graphic designer in France is €45,000 per year.


Here is a table that shows the average salary for a graphic designer in the five highest-paying countries in Europe:

Country

Average salary (EUR)

1

Switzerland

85.000 €

2

Norway

55.000 €

3

Denmark

50.000 €

4

Sweden

45.000 €

5

Finland

40.000 €

6

Netherlands

40.000 €

7

Belgium

38.000 €

8

Ireland

38.000 €

9

Austria

37.000 €

10

Germany

35.000 €

11

United Kingdom

35.000 €

12

France

35.000 €

13

Spain

32.000 €

14

Italy

30.000 €

15

Poland

28.000 €

16

Portugal

27.000 €

17

Greece

25.000 €

18

Hungary

24.000 €

19

Romania

23.000 €

20

Czech Republic

22.000 €

21

Bulgaria

19.000 €

It is important to note that these salaries are just averages, and individual salaries for graphic designers can vary significantly depending on factors such as experience, education, location, and industry.

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