A web designer creates the look, layout, and features of a website. The job involves understanding both graphic design and computer programming. Once a website is created, a designer helps with maintenance and additions to the website. They work with development teams or managers for keeping the site up-to-date and prioritizing needs, among other tasks.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2015 that the median hourly wage for web developers, who perform the same duties as web designers, was $31.23, or $64,970 annually. The 2014-2024 projected job growth for web developers was 27%, per the BLS. According to the agency, the median income for graphic designers in 2015 was $46,900 ($22.55 hourly). The BLS projected job growth of 1% between 2014 and 2024 for this occupation.