Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
31,860 4.7 % $34.08 $70,880 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.98 $24.21 $32.59 $42.19 $50.81
Annual Wage (2) $37,400 $50,350 $67,790 $87,750 $105,690


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 4,770 3.48 $35.12 $73,040
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,330 0.31 $38.94 $81,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,000 0.09 $36.33 $75,570
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,640 0.58 $28.60 $59,490
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 920 0.87 $29.66 $61,700

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 4,770 3.48 $35.12 $73,040
Footwear Manufacturing 200 1.46 $42.31 $87,990
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 920 0.87 $29.66 $61,700
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,640 0.58 $28.60 $59,490
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 220 0.46 $31.51 $65,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 50 0.01 $46.54 $96,800
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $44.84 $93,270
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 90 0.02 $43.02 $89,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 540 0.08 $42.64 $88,690
Footwear Manufacturing 200 1.46 $42.31 $87,990


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 6,600 1.57 6.91 $37.64 $78,300
California 3,880 0.24 1.07 $35.95 $74,780
New York 2,910 0.32 1.41 $33.48 $69,630
Illinois 1,450 0.25 1.08 $32.11 $66,780
Ohio 1,210 0.23 1.00 $30.98 $64,440




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 6,600 1.57 6.91 $37.64 $78,300
Vermont 150 0.50 2.20 $29.36 $61,060
Rhode Island 240 0.50 2.22 $33.15 $68,960
South Carolina 710 0.36 1.59 $38.58 $80,240
New York 2,910 0.32 1.41 $33.48 $69,630




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 1,050 0.26 1.16 $42.39 $88,170
Massachusetts 770 0.22 0.98 $40.43 $84,100
South Carolina 710 0.36 1.59 $38.58 $80,240
Nevada 80 0.06 0.26 $37.78 $78,590
Michigan 6,600 1.57 6.91 $37.64 $78,300





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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,890 3.23 14.22 $39.14 $81,410
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.35 1.53 $33.70 $70,090
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,520 2.12 9.32 $39.53 $82,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.34 1.48 $34.65 $72,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.22 0.98 $33.98 $70,680
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.56 2.45 $37.38 $77,740
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 510 0.92 4.05 $29.88 $62,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 500 0.20 0.87 $32.75 $68,130
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 500 0.43 1.88 (8) (8)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.31 1.36 $35.34 $73,500




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,890 3.23 14.22 $39.14 $81,410
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,520 2.12 9.32 $39.53 $82,220
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 140 1.78 7.85 (8) (8)
Monroe, MI 60 1.55 6.82 $29.37 $61,090
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 90 1.48 6.54 $37.97 $78,990
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 160 1.24 5.44 $31.77 $66,080
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 420 1.07 4.70 (8) (8)
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 510 0.92 4.05 $29.88 $62,140
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 130 0.90 3.96 $35.81 $74,490
Dubuque, IA 50 0.80 3.53 $26.91 $55,980




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)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.27 1.20 $42.16 $87,700
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 360 0.20 0.89 $41.46 $86,240
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 260 0.09 0.39 $41.24 $85,770
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 260 0.19 0.83 $41.15 $85,600
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.96 $85,190
Greensboro-High Point, NC 230 0.63 2.78 $40.08 $83,360
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $39.76 $82,700
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 1,520 2.12 9.32 $39.53 $82,220
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,890 3.23 14.22 $39.14 $81,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.24 1.05 $38.77 $80,630

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 200 0.71 3.15 $26.65 $55,440
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 1.89 $23.50 $48,880
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.70 $24.43 $50,810
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 2.28 $29.60 $61,570
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 1.30 $18.95 $39,410

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 200 0.71 3.15 $26.65 $55,440
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.31 $24.65 $51,260
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 2.28 $29.60 $61,570
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 1.89 $23.50 $48,880
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.70 $24.43 $50,810

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.88 $34.75 $72,280
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.70 $34.59 $71,950
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.80 $33.39 $69,450
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 2.28 $29.60 $61,570
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.27 $29.29 $60,930


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017