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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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
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)
12,040 6.3 % $30.04 $62,480 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.86 $18.51 $26.25 $37.77 $50.96
Annual Wage (2) $30,910 $38,500 $54,600 $78,560 $105,990


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,600 1.07 $35.37 $73,570
Performing Arts Companies 1,600 1.20 $27.48 $57,150
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 920 0.54 $25.63 $53,320
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 550 1.02 $27.36 $56,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 460 0.01 $21.56 $44,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 1,600 1.20 $27.48 $57,150
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,600 1.07 $35.37 $73,570
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 550 1.02 $27.36 $56,910
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 920 0.54 $25.63 $53,320
Specialized Design Services 420 0.29 $27.04 $56,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30 0.01 $46.49 $96,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $36.57 $76,070
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,600 1.07 $35.37 $73,570
Radio and Television Broadcasting 50 0.02 $32.74 $68,100
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 180 0.04 $32.22 $67,020


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)
California 3,020 0.17 2.12 $31.77 $66,070
New York 2,350 0.25 3.01 $41.23 $85,760
Georgia 620 0.14 1.68 $23.61 $49,100
Texas 580 0.05 0.57 $20.13 $41,880
Florida 510 0.06 0.71 $23.71 $49,310




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)
New Mexico 280 0.34 4.20 $27.28 $56,740
District of Columbia 200 0.28 3.45 $36.60 $76,130
New York 2,350 0.25 3.01 $41.23 $85,760
Nevada 330 0.24 2.90 (8) (8)
California 3,020 0.17 2.12 $31.77 $66,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,350 0.25 3.01 $41.23 $85,760
Hawaii 90 0.14 1.68 $40.03 $83,260
District of Columbia 200 0.28 3.45 $36.60 $76,130
Maryland 140 0.05 0.63 $32.45 $67,500
Oregon 130 0.07 0.85 $32.22 $67,010





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,410 0.39 4.72 $32.59 $67,790
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,180 0.23 2.75 $41.36 $86,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 540 0.20 2.40 $24.27 $50,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 400 0.13 1.54 $34.89 $72,560
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 300 0.06 0.79 $24.58 $51,130
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 280 0.08 0.94 $18.69 $38,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 250 0.10 1.23 $29.10 $60,530
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 210 0.16 1.98 $23.53 $48,950
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 180 0.09 1.10 $21.13 $43,940
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 150 0.05 0.65 $27.98 $58,190




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)
Santa Fe, NM 70 1.18 14.42 $25.63 $53,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,410 0.39 4.72 $32.59 $67,790
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 110 0.37 4.46 $20.73 $43,110
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.35 4.28 $27.81 $57,850
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,180 0.23 2.75 $41.36 $86,040
Lancaster, PA 60 0.23 2.81 $21.20 $44,100
Ann Arbor, MI 50 0.22 2.69 $21.96 $45,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 540 0.20 2.40 $24.27 $50,490
Urban Honolulu, HI 80 0.17 2.08 (8) (8)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 210 0.16 1.98 $23.53 $48,950




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,180 0.23 2.75 $41.36 $86,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 400 0.13 1.54 $34.89 $72,560
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.09 1.15 $34.08 $70,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,410 0.39 4.72 $32.59 $67,790
Bakersfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.06 $66,690
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.14 1.74 $31.20 $64,890
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 120 0.05 0.56 $29.63 $61,630
Dayton, OH (8) (8) (8) $29.59 $61,550
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 130 0.13 1.58 $29.45 $61,260
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 250 0.10 1.23 $29.10 $60,530


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020