Full-time graphic designers get paid almost £3,000 less than the average UK salary, research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.
Originally taken from the ONS’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) published in October 2017, the BBC used the data to create a salary tracker which looks at how wages vary across different professions.
It also looks at how salaries have changed over the last six years in line with inflation in the UK – the rate of increase in prices for goods and services.
The tracker includes data from full-time workers across 332 different occupations. It does not take into account the salaries of self-employed people or freelancers.
Design worse paid than advertising, journalism and architecture
It shows that the average annual salary for a UK graphic designer is £25,900, compared to the average UK salary of £28,800.
Contrastingly, product, fashion and web designers tend to earn above the national average. Product and fashion average at £29,700, while web sits at £30,300. The average salary across all three sectors is £28,600.
Compared to other jobs in the creative industries, designers earn less on average than musicians, journalists, advertising creative directors and architects, but more than artists, furniture makers and craftspeople, weavers and knitters.
In comparison to other professions, designers earn less than skilled workers such as electricians, plumbers and train drivers, medical and legal professionals, and university tutors. They earn more than teachers, non-governmental organisation (NGO) officers, builders and counsellors.
Biggest gender pay gap in product and fashion design
Despite earning the most, web designers have suffered the most from the rising prices of goods and services. Average annual salaries have dropped by 3% between 2011 and 2017, but in line with inflation they have actually fallen by 13%, equating to £4,400 per person.
The BBC tracker also looks at the gender pay gap in different jobs. The biggest gap for designers is in product and fashion design, where women are expected to get paid 18% less per hour than their male counterparts. This is also the discipline with the highest proportion of women, who make up half of all full-time employees.
In graphics, women get paid 7% less and in web design, 3% less. A third of graphic designers are women, while a quarter of web designers and developers are female.