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Graphic Design Services

SIC 7336 | NAICS 541430


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  • Compensation and Salary Surveys
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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

IBISWorld
IBISWorld
Graphic Design Services  (view report)
Web Design Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth 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:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

Kaye Publishing Corporation
GDUSA Magazine
http://gdusa.com/

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
https://designcensus.org/

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
https://graphicartistsguild.org/

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
https://bookstore.entrepreneur.com/

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.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner
Industry Financial Ratios
Graphic Design / Web Site Design
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "541430" and "541511"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

IBISWorld
Graphic Design Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for companies that develop visual designs and communications used to convey messages or concepts, clarify information, and/or provide a visual identity, with applications including logos, branding, packaging, advertising, signs, brochures, print publications, and websites.


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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Institute of Graphic Arts
AIGA Survey of Design Salaries
https://www.aiga.org/

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
https://www.payscale.com/

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
https://www.bls.gov/oes/
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
https://www.bls.gov/oes/
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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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data
https://www.bvresources.com/

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.


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