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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
32,770 2.9 % $35.49 $73,820 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.17 $25.61 $33.12 $43.74 $55.27
Annual Wage (2) $39,860 $53,270 $68,890 $90,980 $114,950


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 3,360 2.32 $35.16 $73,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,970 0.12 $41.02 $85,330
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,430 0.16 $40.42 $84,070
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 2,180 0.15 $36.42 $75,760
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,560 0.54 $32.65 $67,920

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 3,360 2.32 $35.16 $73,140
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,560 0.54 $32.65 $67,920
Fabric Mills 220 0.43 $32.24 $67,060
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,340 0.38 $28.91 $60,140
Footwear Manufacturing 40 0.36 $34.74 $72,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 320 0.20 $54.14 $112,610
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.09 $51.53 $107,180
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 320 0.09 $46.29 $96,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 370 0.05 $42.09 $87,550
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing 50 0.14 $41.65 $86,620


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 4,520 1.04 4.66 $36.84 $76,640
California 3,910 0.22 1.01 $39.39 $81,930
New York 2,040 0.21 0.96 $40.90 $85,070
Texas 1,910 0.15 0.69 $35.27 $73,370
Illinois 1,260 0.21 0.94 $33.07 $68,780




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)
Rhode Island 510 1.06 4.77 $41.08 $85,450
Michigan 4,520 1.04 4.66 $36.84 $76,640
Vermont 190 0.61 2.73 $33.44 $69,550
Iowa 670 0.43 1.94 $31.05 $64,580
Utah 630 0.42 1.89 $26.77 $55,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 630 0.33 1.49 $42.36 $88,100
North Carolina 870 0.20 0.88 $41.20 $85,700
Rhode Island 510 1.06 4.77 $41.08 $85,450
New York 2,040 0.21 0.96 $40.90 $85,070
Louisiana 210 0.11 0.48 $40.75 $84,770





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 2,930 1.48 6.63 $39.57 $82,300
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,570 0.27 1.19 $40.57 $84,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,910 0.31 1.37 $38.88 $80,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,140 0.24 1.09 $33.40 $69,470
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 960 0.34 1.54 $38.50 $80,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 860 0.31 1.40 $27.57 $57,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 790 0.32 1.44 $42.08 $87,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 740 0.24 1.08 $38.42 $79,900
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 720 1.26 5.65 $31.21 $64,910
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 550 0.46 2.04 $43.98 $91,480




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 1.74 7.81 $29.98 $62,370
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,930 1.48 6.63 $39.57 $82,300
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 720 1.26 5.65 $31.21 $64,910
Burlington, NC 70 1.08 4.83 $27.46 $57,130
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 550 0.95 4.25 $40.33 $83,890
Dalton, GA 60 0.95 4.26 (8) (8)
Monroe, MI 40 0.93 4.16 $30.44 $63,310
Ann Arbor, MI 170 0.78 3.49 $42.13 $87,630
Muskegon, MI 50 0.77 3.46 $24.26 $50,470
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 170 0.66 2.95 $30.72 $63,900




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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 140 0.44 1.99 $56.28 $117,070
Greensboro-High Point, NC 160 0.44 1.97 $46.52 $96,760
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 550 0.46 2.04 $43.98 $91,480
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.22 1.00 $42.90 $89,220
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.14 0.62 $42.32 $88,030
Ann Arbor, MI 170 0.78 3.49 $42.13 $87,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 790 0.32 1.44 $42.08 $87,530
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 310 0.15 0.68 $41.68 $86,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 380 0.18 0.80 $41.16 $85,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,570 0.27 1.19 $40.57 $84,390

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 210 0.75 3.37 $27.49 $57,170
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.84 3.78 $31.19 $64,880
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 80 0.24 1.09 $27.84 $57,900
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 2.52 (8) (8)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 2.03 $21.87 $45,490

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.84 3.78 $31.19 $64,880
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 210 0.75 3.37 $27.49 $57,170
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 2.52 (8) (8)
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 2.28 $30.52 $63,490
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 2.03 $21.87 $45,490

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.93 $39.55 $82,260
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.46 $69,590
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.85 $68,320
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 1.70 $32.54 $67,680
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.84 3.78 $31.19 $64,880


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