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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-1021 Commercial and Industrial Designers

Design and develop 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 Commercial and Industrial Designers
Industry profile for Commercial and Industrial Designers
Geographic profile for Commercial and Industrial Designers

National estimates for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,100 3.1 % $ 36.68 $ 76,290 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 20.12 $ 26.36 $ 34.44 $ 45.28 $ 56.94
Annual Wage (2) $ 41,860 $ 54,820 $ 71,640 $ 94,190 $ 118,440


Industry profile for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 3,150 2.33 $ 38.21 $ 79,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,580 0.11 $ 40.78 $ 84,820
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 2,290 0.17 $ 36.70 $ 76,330
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,270 0.15 $ 38.90 $ 80,920
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,420 0.43 $ 29.83 $ 62,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 3,150 2.33 $ 38.21 $ 79,470
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,420 0.43 $ 29.83 $ 62,050
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,150 0.43 $ 34.96 $ 72,710
Fabric Mills 180 0.40 $ 34.92 $ 72,630
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 150 0.35 $ 36.23 $ 75,350

Top paying industries for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 460 0.28 $ 50.96 $ 105,990
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 100 0.10 $ 50.37 $ 104,780
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 540 0.15 $ 44.11 $ 91,750
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing 40 0.14 $ 43.16 $ 89,760
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills (8) (8) $ 43.15 $ 89,740


Geographic profile for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,060 0.25 1.14 $ 42.43 $ 88,240
Michigan 3,750 0.96 4.42 $ 37.46 $ 77,910
New York 1,870 0.21 0.99 $ 41.23 $ 85,760
Texas 1,690 0.14 0.64 $ 34.25 $ 71,250
Virginia 1,450 0.39 1.81 $ 34.23 $ 71,200




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 3,750 0.96 4.42 $ 37.46 $ 77,910
Rhode Island 420 0.94 4.37 $ 35.18 $ 73,180
Vermont 210 0.74 3.41 $ 34.81 $ 72,410
Virginia 1,450 0.39 1.81 $ 34.23 $ 71,200
Iowa 550 0.37 1.73 $ 30.73 $ 63,920




Top paying states for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 310 0.11 0.50 $ 44.08 $ 91,690
California 4,060 0.25 1.14 $ 42.43 $ 88,240
New York 1,870 0.21 0.99 $ 41.23 $ 85,760
North Carolina 950 0.22 1.02 $ 40.19 $ 83,590
Massachusetts 1,110 0.33 1.53 $ 39.62 $ 82,410





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,440 1.37 6.34 $ 39.89 $ 82,970
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,390 0.27 1.25 $ 40.21 $ 83,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,950 0.34 1.55 $ 41.92 $ 87,190
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 910 0.35 1.61 $ 41.02 $ 85,310
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 790 0.18 0.83 $ 36.61 $ 76,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 760 0.29 1.34 $ 26.63 $ 55,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 730 0.20 0.95 $ 37.23 $ 77,430
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 640 0.28 1.28 $ 44.98 $ 93,570
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 560 0.29 1.32 $ 39.69 $ 82,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 540 0.18 0.84 $ 33.49 $ 69,670




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,440 1.37 6.34 $ 39.89 $ 82,970
Dalton, GA 70 1.17 5.39 $ 42.36 $ 88,100
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 510 0.99 4.56 $ 31.65 $ 65,840
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 110 0.96 4.44 $ 34.68 $ 72,130
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 460 0.86 4.00 $ 34.86 $ 72,510
Ann Arbor, MI 160 0.77 3.55 $ 43.91 $ 91,340
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.73 3.40 $ 33.99 $ 70,700
Dubuque, IA 40 0.69 3.18 $ 28.40 $ 59,070
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.65 3.02 $ 25.06 $ 52,130
Boulder, CO 120 0.64 2.95 $ 30.85 $ 64,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 130 0.43 1.98 $ 61.30 $ 127,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 360 0.33 1.51 $ 50.97 $ 106,010
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 80 0.44 2.03 $ 46.72 $ 97,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 260 0.13 0.58 $ 46.34 $ 96,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 640 0.28 1.28 $ 44.98 $ 93,570
Ann Arbor, MI 160 0.77 3.55 $ 43.91 $ 91,340
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 50 0.18 0.82 $ 43.69 $ 90,870
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 370 0.26 1.22 $ 42.79 $ 89,010
Dalton, GA 70 1.17 5.39 $ 42.36 $ 88,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,950 0.34 1.55 $ 41.92 $ 87,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

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 170 0.68 3.14 $ 28.18 $ 58,610
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.68 3.14 $ 31.86 $ 66,260
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 3.72 $ 29.39 $ 61,120
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 70 0.22 1.03 $ 28.92 $ 60,140
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 2.85 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 3.72 $ 29.39 $ 61,120
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.68 3.14 $ 31.86 $ 66,260
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.68 3.14 $ 28.18 $ 58,610
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 2.85 (8) (8)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 2.67 $ 31.16 $ 64,800

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Commercial and Industrial Designers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.04 $ 36.26 $ 75,420
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.99 $ 35.12 $ 73,040
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.06 $ 32.97 $ 68,580
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.04 $ 32.37 $ 67,330
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.78 $ 31.89 $ 66,340


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