Some web designers work with programmers and might not need specialized programming knowledge. Other web designers may specialize in the technical side of things and work with graphics pros who produce and lay out the visual elements that the web designer can then translate into code.
According to the BLS, web designers may either work for a firm and develop material for various websites or build websites for clients as self-employed freelancers. According to the American Institute of Graphic Arts, solo designers who freelanced or worked under contract to another company reported median earnings of $62,000-$65,000 (in 2013). BLS employment figures show that California employed the greatest number of designers. Other states with high employment of web designers include New York, Texas, Florida, Washington and Illinois.
Web designer salaries tend to keep fairly close to the cost of living in their state, according to figures released by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center in 2014. Below are four of the highest paying geographical areas and how they rank on affordability in the most recent MERIC report (out of 51 total regions):