Base salary and job outlook
- Median wages (national): $43,400 annual
- Median wages:(Missouri): $18.68 hourly/$34,790 annual
- Median wages:(Kansas City area): $19.84 hourly/$37,240 annual
- Employment (national): 261,000
- Employment (Missouri): 3,740
Employment of graphic designers is expected grow about as fast as average - ten percent from 2006-2016. Highest growth will come from advertising and publishing industry, computer design firms and the entertainment market (television, movies, video, internet). Keen competition for jobs is expected. If you have website design or animation experience, you will be in greater demand.
Where you can find work
- Specialized design services
- Advertising and related services
- Printing and related support activities
- Book publishers
- Computer systems design firms
- Motion picture production firms
- Engineering services
Self employed (about 25% of designers do freelance full or part time)or part time - in addition to holding a salaried job in design or in another occupation.