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A graphic designer, also called a graphic artist, communicates ideas visually by creating effective and appealing web pages, illustrations, marketing campaigns and other print and media art. Graphic designers can have a typical 9 to 5 job or can work on a contract, or job, basis as consultants or freelance designers. They can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Pennsylvania

A bachelor's degree in graphic design is typically required for most graphic design positions and is offered at many colleges and universities as well as private design schools. Associate degrees and certificates are also offered at 2-year and 3-year professional schools, but usually result in assistant positions or roles that require technical skills only. Graphic design coursework often includes, but is not limited to, studio art, website design, printing techniques, computerized design and commercial graphics production. In addition to these art and design courses, it may be helpful to take classes in psychology, foreign languages, cultural studies, marketing and business. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Pennsylvania graphic design schools is a great way to start your career as a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Pennsylvania

As the demand for graphic designers continues to increase, employment should grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, those with animation and website design experience will be in high demand. To join the more than 8,100 graphic designers in Pennsylvania, begin earning your degree from one of the following Pennsylvania graphic design schools. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, Pennsylvania graphic designers earned a median salary of $39,440 a year. The 10th percentile earned a median salary of $25,250 a year while the 90th percentile earned $65,190 a year. The Harrisburg-Carlisle area, Lancaster and Erie have the most graphic designers while those in Lancaster, Lebanon and the Harrisburg-Carlisle area earned the highest annual median salary.

If you're interested in this creative and rewarding job, get more information from one of the following graphic design schools in Pennsylvania.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: State College, Lebanon and Lancaster
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Johnstown, Williamsport and York
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Philadelphia, Lancaster and Reading

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More Pennsylvania Graphic Design Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Newtown
Associate
9,649
Butler
Associate
3,656
Radnor
Masters
3,108
California
Masters
8,206
Pittsburgh
Doctorate
10,326
Pittsburgh
Associate
18,525
Media
Associate
10,816
Monessen
Associate
280
Philadelphia
Doctorate
20,682
East Stroudsburg
Masters
7,053
Harrisburg
Associate
9,774
Pittsburgh
Masters
1,499
Philadelphia
Doctorate
5,994
Schnecksville
Associate
7,184
Bethlehem
Doctorate
6,845
Nanticoke
Associate
6,323
Scranton
Doctorate
3,316
Philadelphia
Bachelor
558
Bethlehem
Associate
7,912
University Park
Doctorate
43,252
Philadelphia
Doctorate
3,349
Pittsburgh
Masters
3,591
Moon Township
Doctorate
5,055
Latrobe
Masters
1,924
State College
Associate
661
Selinsgrove
Bachelor
2,039
Philadelphia
Doctorate & First Professional
34,696
Philadelphia
Masters
2,396
Philadelphia
Doctorate & First Professional
23,980
New Wilmington
Masters
1,455
Youngwood
Associate
6,239

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Pennsylvania. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Graphic Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Graphic Designers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Altoona 50 $33,410
Gettysburg 40 $39,730
Harrisburg 470 $41,180
Carlisle 470 $41,180
Bloomsburg 30 $36,420
Berwick 30 $36,420
Johnstown 50 $28,800
Chambersburg 40 $32,430
Waynesboro 40 $32,430
East Stroudsburg 30 $41,570
Erie 120 $42,680
Pittsburgh 1650 $39,820
Reading 260 $39,100
Lancaster 450 $47,570
Lebanon 40 $38,190
Scranton 310 $36,420
Wilkes 310 $36,420
Barre 310 $36,420
Hazleton 310 $36,420
State College 150 $31,000
Williamsport 70 $32,050
York 270 $35,460
Hanover 270 $35,460

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