Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
33,200 3.1 % $34.34 $71,430 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.57 $24.84 $32.01 $42.13 $51.94
Annual Wage (2) $38,630 $51,670 $66,590 $87,620 $108,040


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 3,520 2.46 $33.50 $69,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,960 0.20 $40.72 $84,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,740 0.12 $39.35 $81,840
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 2,440 0.17 $34.65 $72,070
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,560 0.54 $31.72 $65,980

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 3,520 2.46 $33.50 $69,670
Footwear Manufacturing 150 1.22 $49.79 $103,570
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 260 0.56 $32.57 $67,740
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,560 0.54 $31.72 $65,980
Fabric Mills 220 0.41 $30.91 $64,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Footwear Manufacturing 150 1.22 $49.79 $103,570
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.06 $45.17 $93,940
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $44.50 $92,560
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 290 0.08 $42.97 $89,370
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 110 0.02 $42.75 $88,930


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 5,060 1.17 5.11 $36.26 $75,430
California 4,090 0.24 1.05 $37.30 $77,580
Texas 2,220 0.18 0.80 $35.87 $74,600
New York 1,990 0.21 0.92 $35.98 $74,830
Illinois 1,410 0.23 1.02 $32.48 $67,550




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 5,060 1.17 5.11 $36.26 $75,430
Rhode Island 390 0.81 3.51 $35.66 $74,170
Vermont 170 0.57 2.50 $31.82 $66,180
Utah 660 0.45 1.97 $25.74 $53,540
Iowa 650 0.42 1.84 $29.21 $60,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,020 0.25 1.10 $40.86 $85,000
Oregon 640 0.34 1.48 $40.52 $84,290
Washington 360 0.11 0.48 $39.78 $82,740
Arkansas 100 0.08 0.36 $39.46 $82,070
Massachusetts 990 0.28 1.21 $39.26 $81,660





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)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,400 1.72 7.51 $39.04 $81,200
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,420 0.26 1.11 $37.79 $78,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,940 0.32 1.38 $36.55 $76,030
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,220 0.26 1.15 $32.80 $68,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 890 0.37 1.61 $38.83 $80,770
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 820 0.30 1.29 $40.61 $84,460
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 770 1.36 5.92 $30.16 $62,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 730 0.24 1.06 $39.53 $82,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 720 0.27 1.17 $28.47 $59,210
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 580 0.16 0.71 $32.68 $67,970




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)
Dubuque, IA 100 1.76 7.68 $29.61 $61,580
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,400 1.72 7.51 $39.04 $81,200
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 770 1.36 5.92 $30.16 $62,730
Monroe, MI 40 1.08 4.71 $25.17 $52,350
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 120 0.83 3.63 $29.73 $61,830
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 70 0.79 3.43 $27.18 $56,530
Ann Arbor, MI 170 0.76 3.33 $38.60 $80,280
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 90 0.69 3.02 $31.84 $66,230
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 390 0.67 2.92 $35.87 $74,610
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 100 0.64 2.77 $34.11 $70,950




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)
Greensboro-High Point, NC 200 0.55 2.40 $44.02 $91,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.21 0.90 $42.27 $87,910
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 310 0.16 0.68 $42.11 $87,590
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 570 0.48 2.07 $42.07 $87,510
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 200 0.16 0.69 $41.75 $86,830
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 820 0.30 1.29 $40.61 $84,460
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 60 0.10 0.45 $40.25 $83,720
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC (8) (8) (8) $40.24 $83,710
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.21 0.93 $39.58 $82,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 730 0.24 1.06 $39.53 $82,210

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 250 0.91 3.97 $25.95 $53,980
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 0.69 3.02 $28.98 $60,280
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 1.69 $31.68 $65,890
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 60 0.18 0.79 $29.46 $61,280
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.56 $24.73 $51,450

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 250 0.91 3.97 $25.95 $53,980
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 0.69 3.02 $28.98 $60,280
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.08 $28.61 $59,500
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.77 $21.69 $45,110
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 1.69 $31.68 $65,890

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.87 $38.72 $80,540
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.74 $37.45 $77,890
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.95 $74,780
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.95 $66,450
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 1.69 $31.68 $65,890


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019