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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-1027 Set and Exhibit Designers

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


National estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers
Industry profile for Set and Exhibit Designers
Geographic profile for Set and Exhibit Designers

National estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,980 9.6 % $ 31.06 $ 64,610 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.51 $ 18.65 $ 27.97 $ 39.80 $ 51.07
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,180 $ 38,790 $ 58,180 $ 82,780 $ 106,230


Industry profile for Set and Exhibit Designers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,800 1.45 $ 36.47 $ 75,850
Performing Arts Companies 1,090 1.07 $ 27.17 $ 56,500
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 800 0.55 $ 26.24 $ 54,570
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 520 1.06 $ 30.15 $ 62,710
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 400 0.01 $ 25.90 $ 53,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,800 1.45 $ 36.47 $ 75,850
Performing Arts Companies 1,090 1.07 $ 27.17 $ 56,500
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 520 1.06 $ 30.15 $ 62,710
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 800 0.55 $ 26.24 $ 54,570
Specialized Design Services 240 0.18 $ 27.93 $ 58,090

Top paying industries for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30 0.01 $ 41.06 $ 85,400
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 280 0.01 $ 38.69 $ 80,480
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,800 1.45 $ 36.47 $ 75,850
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 520 1.06 $ 30.15 $ 62,710
Radio and Television Broadcasting 50 0.02 $ 29.89 $ 62,180


Geographic profile for Set and Exhibit Designers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Set and Exhibit Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,240 0.20 2.50 $ 34.51 $ 71,780
New York 2,060 0.24 3.01 $ 40.74 $ 84,730
Georgia 510 0.12 1.51 $ 23.86 $ 49,620
Texas 510 0.04 0.53 $ 19.49 $ 40,530
Florida 450 0.05 0.68 $ 23.66 $ 49,210




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Set and Exhibit Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 220 0.31 3.98 $ 36.63 $ 76,180
Nevada 320 0.25 3.20 $ 35.61 $ 74,060
New York 2,060 0.24 3.01 $ 40.74 $ 84,730
California 3,240 0.20 2.50 $ 34.51 $ 71,780
New Mexico 130 0.16 2.08 $ 23.99 $ 49,900




Top paying states for Set and Exhibit Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,060 0.24 3.01 $ 40.74 $ 84,730
District of Columbia 220 0.31 3.98 $ 36.63 $ 76,180
Nevada 320 0.25 3.20 $ 35.61 $ 74,060
California 3,240 0.20 2.50 $ 34.51 $ 71,780
Maryland 140 0.06 0.73 $ 33.80 $ 70,310





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,730 0.47 5.93 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,950 0.22 2.79 $ 40.76 $ 84,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.16 2.09 $ 24.51 $ 50,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 390 0.13 1.62 $ 36.47 $ 75,870
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 290 0.32 4.06 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 280 0.14 1.79 $ 25.28 $ 52,590
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 260 0.06 0.75 $ 24.93 $ 51,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 200 0.06 0.72 $ 16.26 $ 33,820
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 0.92 $ 30.45 $ 63,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 150 0.05 0.65 $ 23.09 $ 48,030




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Fe, NM 50 0.89 11.30 $ 25.22 $ 52,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,730 0.47 5.93 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 100 0.35 4.49 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 290 0.32 4.06 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,950 0.22 2.79 $ 40.76 $ 84,770
Lancaster, PA 50 0.20 2.48 $ 20.91 $ 43,490
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 90 0.18 2.33 $ 23.71 $ 49,310
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.17 2.17 $ 22.63 $ 47,080
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30 0.17 2.10 $ 29.63 $ 61,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.16 2.09 $ 24.51 $ 50,980




Top paying metropolitan areas for Set and Exhibit Designers:

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 1,950 0.22 2.79 $ 40.76 $ 84,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 390 0.13 1.62 $ 36.47 $ 75,870
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 1.26 $ 36.30 $ 75,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,730 0.47 5.93 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.87 $ 34.50 $ 71,760
Bakersfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 33.76 $ 70,220
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 150 0.15 1.96 $ 31.95 $ 66,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 0.92 $ 30.45 $ 63,330
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 0.32 $ 30.32 $ 63,060
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30 0.17 2.10 $ 29.63 $ 61,630


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021