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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
31,330 4.1 % $33.57 $69,820 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.09 $24.18 $32.28 $41.62 $50.35
Annual Wage (2) $37,630 $50,300 $67,130 $86,570 $104,730


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 4,570 3.48 $34.04 $70,810
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,380 0.24 $35.44 $73,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,270 0.10 $36.09 $75,070
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,900 0.67 $28.58 $59,440
Plastics Product Manufacturing 890 0.16 $29.00 $60,310

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 4,570 3.48 $34.04 $70,810
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,900 0.67 $28.58 $59,440
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 580 0.57 $28.64 $59,580
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 220 0.47 $30.95 $64,380
Household Appliance Manufacturing 220 0.38 $34.63 $72,020

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) $45.80 $95,270
Software Publishers 40 0.01 $44.92 $93,420
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $44.32 $92,190
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.21 $41.45 $86,210
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.04 $39.12 $81,370


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 6,030 1.45 6.40 $37.56 $78,120
California 4,110 0.27 1.17 $34.98 $72,750
New York 3,050 0.34 1.49 $35.18 $73,170
Illinois 1,400 0.24 1.05 $31.98 $66,510
Ohio 1,310 0.25 1.09 $31.07 $64,630



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 6,030 1.45 6.40 $37.56 $78,120
Vermont 180 0.60 2.66 $26.30 $54,710
Rhode Island 270 0.57 2.52 $30.69 $63,830
New York 3,050 0.34 1.49 $35.18 $73,170
South Carolina 620 0.32 1.42 $36.05 $74,980



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 110 0.09 0.41 $37.83 $78,680
Michigan 6,030 1.45 6.40 $37.56 $78,120
New Jersey 1,040 0.27 1.17 $36.93 $76,820
Massachusetts 780 0.23 1.01 $36.30 $75,510
South Carolina 620 0.32 1.42 $36.05 $74,980




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,090 2.63 11.58 $39.14 $81,400
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,440 0.38 1.65 $35.69 $74,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,730 0.42 1.86 $33.11 $68,870
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,490 2.05 9.04 $40.69 $84,640
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 770 0.22 0.95 $32.31 $67,210
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.52 2.27 $37.03 $77,020
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.34 1.50 $33.23 $69,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.20 0.90 $32.04 $66,650
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 450 0.86 3.78 $30.09 $62,590
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 410 0.35 1.55 $39.43 $82,010



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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,090 2.63 11.58 $39.14 $81,400
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,490 2.05 9.04 $40.69 $84,640
Ann Arbor, MI 360 1.72 7.57 $32.52 $67,640
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 90 1.49 6.55 $36.71 $76,350
Monroe, MI 60 1.46 6.42 $28.52 $59,330
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 1.24 5.46 (8) (8)
Muskegon, MI 70 1.06 4.68 $23.87 $49,650
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 120 0.93 4.11 $27.99 $58,220
Sheboygan, WI 50 0.92 4.04 $32.47 $67,530
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 450 0.86 3.78 $30.09 $62,590



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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 260 0.19 0.85 $45.12 $93,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 0.46 $41.83 $87,000
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,490 2.05 9.04 $40.69 $84,640
Greensboro-High Point, NC 210 0.61 2.67 $40.67 $84,600
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 280 0.16 0.70 $39.84 $82,870
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 410 0.35 1.55 $39.43 $82,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.31 1.36 $39.39 $81,930
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division 30 0.13 0.56 $39.28 $81,700
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,090 2.63 11.58 $39.14 $81,400
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 260 0.68 2.98 $38.95 $81,010

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 120 0.37 1.65 $21.67 $45,080
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.43 1.90 $27.93 $58,090
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.42 1.84 $21.06 $43,810
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 3.77 (8) (8)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.45 1.97 $23.95 $49,810

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 Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 3.77 (8) (8)
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 2.79 $26.89 $55,930
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 2.44 $29.08 $60,480
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.45 1.97 $23.95 $49,810
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.92 (8) (8)

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.94 $32.47 $67,530
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.57 $31.53 $65,580
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.92 $31.16 $64,800
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 2.44 $29.08 $60,480
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.43 1.90 $27.93 $58,090


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016

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