Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

27-1027 Set and Exhibit Designers

Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,940 4.8 % $24.33 $50,600 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.32 $15.50 $21.83 $31.39 $39.81
Annual Wage (2) $25,620 $32,250 $45,400 $65,290 $82,810


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,390 $31.27 $65,050
Performing Arts Companies 1,270 $19.43 $40,420
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1,020 $21.58 $44,880
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 460 $19.41 $40,370
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 430 $18.62 $38,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 30 $32.02 $66,610
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 $31.94 $66,430
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,390 $31.27 $65,050
Amusement Parks and Arcades 70 $31.25 $65,000
Building Finishing Contractors 30 $29.57 $61,510


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Utah 430 $20.93 $43,530 0.359
District of Columbia 190 $28.93 $60,170 0.294
Maryland 340 $27.83 $57,900 0.136
California 1,660 $29.33 $61,000 0.114
New Mexico 90 $24.47 $50,900 0.107

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 310 $30.10 $62,600 0.097
California 1,660 $29.33 $61,000 0.114
District of Columbia 190 $28.93 $60,170 0.294
Maryland 340 $27.83 $57,900 0.136
Ohio 100 $27.02 $56,200 0.020


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Salt Lake City, UT 410 $20.81 $43,280 0.674
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 770 $33.50 $69,690 0.194
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 150 (8) (8) 0.179
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 370 $26.12 $54,330 0.161
Greensboro-High Point, NC 50 $16.86 $35,060 0.152

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 50 $38.49 $80,070 0.074
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 770 $33.50 $69,690 0.194
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 150 $30.05 $62,510 0.118
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 200 $29.57 $61,500 0.120
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 70 $29.14 $60,620 0.118


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010