For a lot of the designers I know, there is no such thing as a “typical” day. I might even say that’s true for most of them. They don’t frequent internet forums much and don’t participate in online surveys. A typical year for them might work maybe…
The cross section will be skewed.
Just like with online Salary information. Anyone making a low wage will not answer the question. Anyone making a high wage isn’t interested in the survey. And then there are the ones in between who may or may not inflate their earnings.
As an example, a day might start with a press check at 6am, followed by a 3 hour design content meeting for Big Project A, followed by several hours of follow-up with clients on Small Project B, C, D and E, followed by a an hour or 3 doing work on actual design files. Another day might be all design files or a full day of photo research. And another day might be jetting across the country out to a venue to oversee the installation of an event or exhibit, which could take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, and while there, or on the way back, stopping to do site measurements or a detail meeting at another venue for an upcoming design job.
That would be all the same person doing their “typical day job” as a graphic designer.