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In Response to “What’s with San Francisco?”

I think the main reason why the west coast is being richer in employment than the east coast is that they differ in minimum wage. According to San Francisco government website, the minimum wage has increased by 0.26 cents since 2013 and now rated as the highest minimum wage of $10.74 (http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=411 ). It is much higher compared to $7.25 minimum wage of Virginia, and higher salary can definitely attract talented graphic designer or anyone in other disciplines. AIGA conducted a comprehensive survey on salary across the country and it indicated that bigger cities, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles has greater earnings than the cities in the east, such as Washington, DC, New York City and Richmond (http://designsalaries.aiga.org/#resources ). It looks interesting that the numbers of respondents are higher in the east than the west, which suggests that majority of the design professionals reside in the east. So bigger design firms might want to locate in the bay area for the higher earning opportunity, but not for a particular creativity or a trend reasons.

2 Comments

  1. Lindsay Kempter wrote:

    Thank you for your reply Ogo! This is an interesting take on why there seem to be more design jobs in San Francisco. Maybe they have higher salaries due to a higher cost of living as well? I’m sure that there are a variety of fiscal reasons, but I wonder if there are cultural/artistic reasons as well. San Francisco is known to be a progressive and highly populated by Democrats. Could one make the argument that Democrats usually support funding and appreciate the arts more? The wheels keep turning and turning….

    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  2. Nikhilaa Prakash wrote:

    Hi Ogo,
    I completely agree with you. The minimum wage issue makes a great difference. Their cost of living is so high, that they need salaries as high to support that kind of lifestyle. My cousin is a graphic designer up there, and he says that the cost of living is so high that he needs to get paid that much to support it. He earns about 20k more than what he did here at VA. He said that if he was getting the VA salary in SFo, he would have been in great debts.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink