Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

27-1021 Commercial and Industrial Designers

Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
28,540 2.8 % $31.04 $64,570 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.08 $22.24 $29.99 $38.30 $46.43
Annual Wage (2) $35,530 $46,250 $62,370 $79,670 $96,570


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 4,280 3.49 $30.86 $64,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,650 0.12 $33.64 $69,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,470 0.19 $33.44 $69,560
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,500 0.55 $28.24 $58,740
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,130 0.22 $31.55 $65,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 4,280 3.49 $30.86 $64,180
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 260 0.58 $28.87 $60,060
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,500 0.55 $28.24 $58,740
Household Appliance Manufacturing 300 0.54 $31.08 $64,660
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 480 0.50 $27.17 $56,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $43.97 $91,450
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 100 0.11 $37.80 $78,630
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 200 0.05 $37.45 $77,900
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 260 0.02 $36.39 $75,690
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 160 0.05 $35.28 $73,390


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 4,020 1.00 4.67 $34.12 $70,980
California 3,660 0.25 1.16 $33.17 $69,000
New York 2,430 0.28 1.31 $34.20 $71,130
Ohio 1,900 0.37 1.73 $31.43 $65,380
Texas 1,600 0.15 0.68 $28.54 $59,360




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 4,020 1.00 4.67 $34.12 $70,980
Rhode Island 290 0.63 2.93 $28.39 $59,040
Vermont 150 0.50 2.32 $25.32 $52,660
Ohio 1,900 0.37 1.73 $31.43 $65,380
Indiana 930 0.33 1.51 $24.68 $51,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 290 0.11 0.51 $34.99 $72,790
South Carolina 480 0.26 1.23 $34.66 $72,090
New York 2,430 0.28 1.31 $34.20 $71,130
Michigan 4,020 1.00 4.67 $34.12 $70,980
Massachusetts 930 0.28 1.32 $34.10 $70,940





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.36 1.65 $35.48 $73,800
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,790 1.61 7.47 $37.03 $77,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.36 1.67 $27.76 $57,740
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 730 1.04 4.83 $34.51 $71,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.19 0.89 $32.05 $66,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.29 1.34 $25.25 $52,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 550 0.24 1.11 $29.82 $62,030
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 540 0.54 2.53 $35.51 $73,860
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.31 1.42 $38.65 $80,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 420 0.29 1.34 $33.62 $69,930




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kokomo, IN 130 3.12 14.51 $26.99 $56,140
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 120 2.07 9.63 $27.78 $57,790
Ann Arbor, MI 400 1.96 9.09 $31.33 $65,160
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 200 1.93 8.96 $29.67 $61,710
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,790 1.61 7.47 $37.03 $77,030
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 1.55 7.20 (8) (8)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 220 1.39 6.45 $34.63 $72,030
Pascagoula, MS 70 1.33 6.17 $39.94 $83,080
Monroe, MI 50 1.31 6.11 $33.28 $69,230
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 130 1.04 4.84 $31.24 $64,990




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 120 0.10 0.44 $44.13 $91,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.35 1.63 $42.77 $88,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 140 0.48 2.22 $42.27 $87,930
Winston-Salem, NC 30 0.17 0.77 $41.04 $85,360
Tulsa, OK 50 0.11 0.51 $40.04 $83,290
Pascagoula, MS 70 1.33 6.17 $39.94 $83,080
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.20 0.94 $39.72 $82,630
Knoxville, TN 50 0.14 0.65 $39.50 $82,160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.31 1.42 $38.65 $80,380
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.14 0.64 $38.62 $80,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.54 2.50 $24.95 $51,890
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.42 1.93 $28.73 $59,760
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 1.66 $23.34 $48,550
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 2.62 $21.41 $44,530
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.19 $30.18 $62,780

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 2.62 $21.41 $44,530
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.54 2.50 $24.95 $51,890
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 0.00 $26.22 $54,540
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.42 1.93 $28.73 $59,760
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.90 $24.46 $50,890

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 1.20 $32.12 $66,800
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.90 $31.97 $66,500
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.19 $30.18 $62,780
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.75 $61,870
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.31 $60,960


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014