Do your part—take the 2019 Design Census.
Tell your friends. Spread the word.

Ten years ago, a senior designer could expect to make $60,000—that’s up from $50,000 in 2000. A partner, on the other hand, could expect to make $95,000, a mere $5,000 bump from 2000. If those numbers seem low or weird, you’re right. Surely partners made much more, even a decade ago? And surely they would have seen more than a $5,000 increase over the span of nearly of nine years.

Yet those numbers are accurate, based on extensive surveys and data collected as part of the AIGA Salary Survey, a project that spanned 2008-2014. It’s great to have all that information (and it’s still available and free to download), but the numbers alone aren’t very helpful without the proper context. For instance, what are the social and cultural factors impacting these numbers? How do they vary based on location, experience, education, gender, and ethnicity?

In order to get a better sense of the changing design landscape, this year we’re working on the 2019 Design Census with Accurat, in partnership with Google. By asking broader questions about the life of designers—beyond wages and daily work—we can create a more accurate picture of what it means to be a designer today, and we can make some predictions about what it might mean in the future, too. This information will also help us create meaningful reports that will clue you into more than just what your peers make, but what the specific challenges facing the industry are, and what we can do about it.

It’s an ambitious goal, and we hope you’ll do your part by completing the Design Census. It takes just 10 minutes. Encourage your friends, coworkers, and your community to do the same. Knowledge is power—help us spread the word. Grab assets from our Google Drive for sharing on social media #designcensus2019 (write something clever and we’ll retweet you @AIGAeyeondesign).

The Design Census closes on May 4, 2019. Full reports and all the raw data will be available late summer/early fall. You can check out raw data from the 2017 Design Census and 2016 Design Census, which is also available free to download. It’s a group effort—thank you for pitching in.