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Graphic Design Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7336  |  NAICS 541430

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Graphic Design Services  (view report)
Web Design Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Kaye Publishing Corporation
GDUSA Magazine

Bimonthly publication features news and information for creative professionals, with content sections in each issue including news, trends, business, ideas, campaigns, and projects, and special features including information on top designers and art directors, design firms, advertising agencies, in-house departments, and tools and technologies. Digital editions of this publication can be purchased online.

American Institute of Graphic Arts
Design Census

Annual census report provides a detailed analysis of the design profession, with areas addressed by the survey including demographics (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, and education), employment status (e.g., full-time, contract, self-employed/freelance, and educator), work environment (e.g., number of employees, hours worked, and years in job), and compensation (e.g., annual salary, fringe benefits).

Graphic Artists Guild
Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines

Comprehensive handbook provides business, pricing, and ethical guidelines for graphic artists, with topics addressed in the guide including professional relationships, legal rights and issues, business practices, trade customs, pricing and marketing products and services, salary information, working conditions, and hiring practices. Print edition of the handbook is available at no charge to members.

Entrepreneur Magazine
Graphic Design Business

Startup guide addresses the various aspects of starting a business and running it successfully, with topics covered in this publication including setting up a freelance business, understanding copyright protection for visual arts works and other legal issues, developing a marketing plan and finding new customers, setting fees and dealing with clients, and growing the business with profitable sidelines.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Graphic Design / Web Site Design Services  Search for "541430" and "541511" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Graphic Design / Web Site Design Services  Search for "541430" and "541511" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Graphic Design Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Institute of Graphic Arts
AIGA Survey of Design Salaries

Periodic salary survey provides compensation data for job positions such as owner/partner/principal, account manager, creative director, art director, project manager, designer, and freelance contractor, with survey results broken out by age, gender, ethnicity, level of experience, highest degree attained, organization type, employer size, client base, design area, metropolitan area, and geographic region.

PayScale, Inc.
Graphic Designers

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected positions in this service sector such as creative director, art director, project manager, graphic artist/designer, web designer, web developer, and office manager, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Bates Creative Group, LLC, Design Group, and Southern Graphic Systems, LLC.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Compensation resources available from this organization include:

Graphic Designers
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel who develop visual designs and communications which are used to convey messages and concepts, clarify information, or provide an identity, with applications including logos, corporate branding, packaging, advertising, signs, brochures, printed materials and publications, and websites.

Web Developers
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for this occupational category that includes personnel who provide website design services such as selecting and developing page layouts, color schemes, typefaces or typestyles, images, and motion graphics and may also be involved in coding, scripting, testing, and troubleshooting design features.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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