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A graphic designer, or graphic artist, creates layouts, designs, promotional displays and other visual solutions to help their clients communicate information. Employment can vary for graphic designers as they can work regular hours at a large company or on a job basis as consultants or freelancers. Designers can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Texas

To become a graphic artist, formal education is required to enter the profession--you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design from a college or university. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. As a graphic design student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production. Many graphic artists may find it helpful to take additional courses in writing, psychology, marketing, foreign languages and business. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. There are many graphic design schools in Texas--both online and campus-based--that can teach you everything you need to know to become a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Texas

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). Those with animation and website design experience will be the most in demand. There are more than 10,800 graphic designers in the state of Texas. If you're interested in joining them, there are a number of graphic design schools in Texas that can help you achieve this goal. BLS data from May 2009, shows that graphic designers earned a median wage of $19.33 an hour, which equates to $40,200 annually, in Texas. The metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston and Austin-Round Rock have the most graphic designers, while those in the Austin-Round Rock area, Dallas area and San Antonio earned the highest annual median salary.

Whether you want to work for a big advertising company, start your own design firm or do part-time freelance work, earning a degree from one of the following Texas graphic design schools will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Texas

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Corpus Christi, McAllen and Beaumont
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Dallas, Houston and Austin

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Texas

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Dallas, San Antonio and Austin

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More Texas Graphic Design Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Amarillo
Associate
10,387
Lufkin
Associate
4,677
Farmers Branch
Associate
11,059
Lancaster
Associate
4,834
Plano
Associate
20,143
Abilene
Doctorate
2,435
Houston
Associate
43,518
Kilgore
Associate
5,150
Lubbock
Masters
1,960
Irving
Associate
9,835
Austin
Masters
5,317
Huntsville
Doctorate
16,496
San Antonio
Associate
19,819
Dallas
Doctorate & First Professional
10,829
San Antonio
Associate
9,256
Commerce
Doctorate
8,813
Fort Worth
Masters
8,668
Waco
Associate
4,210
Sweetwater
Associate
1,639
San Marcos
Doctorate
28,121
Lubbock
Doctorate & First Professional
28,260
Austin
Doctorate
50,170
El Paso
Doctorate
20,154
Tyler
Associate
8,217
Houston
Doctorate & First Professional
34,663
Belton
Doctorate
2,651
Denton
Doctorate
34,710
Dallas
Associate
252
Canyon
Doctorate
7,502

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. 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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Austin-Round Rock 1520 $51,040
Amarillo 100 $37,160
Beaumont-Port Arthur 50 $37,630
Brownsville-Harlingen 60 $34,140
College Station-Bryan 130 $44,800
Corpus Christi 80 $33,100
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4450 $52,680
El Paso 230 $38,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3210 $47,190
San Angelo 30 $30,490
San Antonio-New Braunfels 960 $48,110
Laredo 30 $31,430
Longview 50 $34,660
Lubbock 150 $37,300
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 90 $35,050
Midland N/A $29,480
Killeen-Temple 70 $44,530
Odessa 40 $47,610
Tyler N/A $38,470
Waco 110 $41,390

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