Graphic designers and illustrators

National Occupation Code (NOC): 5241  ยท  Browse All Occupations

Graphic designers conceptualize and produce graphic art and visual materials to effectively communicate information for publications, advertising, films, packaging, posters, signs and interactive media such as Web sites and CDs. They are employed by advertising and graphic design firms, by establishments with advertising or communications departments and by multimedia production companies, or they may be self-employed. Graphic designers who are also supervisors, project managers or consultants are included in this unit group. Illustrators conceptualize and create illustrations to represent information through images. They are almost solely self-employed.

Alternate Job Titles

  • 2D Animation Artist
  • 2D Animator
  • 3D Animation Artist
  • 3D Animator
  • 3D Artist
  • 3D Modeler
  • Advertising Art Director
  • Advertising Art Supervisor
  • Advertising Artist
  • Advertising Designer
  • Advertising Illustrator
  • Advertising Illustrator Chief
  • Advertising Layout Designer
  • Animated Cartoon Artist
  • Animated Cartoon Artist - Visual Arts
  • Animated Cartoon Colourist
  • Animation Artist
  • Animation Layout Designer
  • Animator - Animated Films
  • Art Layout Designer
  • Artistic Illustrator
  • Assistant Animator - Animated Films
  • Background Artist
  • Bank Note Designer
  • Biological Illustrator
  • Business Forms Designer
  • Calligrapher
  • Calligraphic Artist
  • Caricaturist
  • Cartoon Film Artist
  • Cartoonist
  • Cartoonist Sketch
  • Catalogue Illustrator
  • Cell Animator
  • Character Animator
  • Colour Artist - Cartoons
  • Colourist - Cartoons
  • Commercial Artist
  • Commercial Design Artist
  • Commercial Designer
  • Communication Designer
  • Computer Animator
  • Computer Graphics Specialist
  • Content Director
  • Content Strategist
  • Cover Designer
  • Cover Page Illustrator
  • Cybergraphic Designer
  • Digital Animator - Artist
  • Editorial Cartoonist
  • Electronic Games Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Flash Designer
  • Form Layout Designer
  • Forms Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Arts Room Supervisor
  • Graphic Design And Illustration Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Designer - Multimedia
  • Graphic Designer - Multimedia, Interactive Or New Media
  • Graphic Designer And Layout Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Illustrator And Graphic Designer
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • Internet Graphic Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Layout Designer
  • Litho Artist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Multimedia Design Specialist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Multimedia Illustrator
  • Multimedia Instructional Designer And Scriptor
  • Multimedia Products Designer
  • Multimedia Products Designer-ideaman/woman
  • New Media Graphics Designer
  • Newspaper Illustrator
  • Package Designer
  • Page Designer
  • Paper Securities Designer
  • Pictographist
  • Political Caricaturist
  • Political Cartoonist
  • Poster Artist
  • Registered Graphic Designer (RGD)
  • RGD (registered Graphic Designer)
  • Scientific Illustrator
  • Sign Designer
  • Sports Cartoonist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Title Artist
  • User Experience Designer
  • Wallpaper Colourist
  • Wallpaper Designer
  • Web Designer - Graphic Design
  • Web Graphic Designer
  • Web Page Designer
  • 3D Animation Artist
  • Advertising Designer
  • Animator - Animated Films
  • Bank Note Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Commercial Artist
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Designer - Multimedia
  • Illustrator
  • Layout Designer
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Multimedia Illustrator
  • Scientific Illustrator
  • Animator

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for graphic designers and illustrators.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree N/A
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $34,308
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma $17,372
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $45,986
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level $24,281
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $34,738
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $40,589
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for graphic designers and illustrators.

Gender Median Income
Male $40,589
Female $45,935
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (21 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for graphic designers and illustrators.

$27,300.00
Lowest Observed
$80,000.00
Highest Observed
$33,150.00
25th Percentile
$50,585.14
Average
$48,750.00
Median
$67,138.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for graphic designers and illustrators

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 400
25 to 34 years 1,105
35 to 44 years 975
45 to 54 years 690
55 to 64 years 465
65 to 74 years 75
75 years and over 0
Total 3,710
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for graphic designers and illustrators. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 1,430
Part Time 2,095
Total 3,525
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for graphic designers and illustrators. Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 2,045
Female 1,665
Total 3,710
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for graphic designers and illustrators. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 2,660
Self Employed 1,050
Total 3,710
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for graphic designers and illustrators. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 3,495
Unemployed 210
Total 3,710
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for graphic designers and illustrators. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 85
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 455
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 40
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 1,620
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 130
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 1,190
Total 3,525
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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