Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
11,490 4.4 % $28.65 $59,590 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.95 $19.09 $25.52 $35.81 $47.34
Annual Wage (2) $29,010 $39,710 $53,090 $74,480 $98,470


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 4,080 0.96 $34.09 $70,900
Performing Arts Companies 1,260 1.00 $23.07 $47,980
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 820 0.51 $25.39 $52,810
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 740 1.43 $22.29 $46,360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 520 0.02 $23.55 $48,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 740 1.43 $22.29 $46,360
Performing Arts Companies 1,260 1.00 $23.07 $47,980
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,080 0.96 $34.09 $70,900
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 820 0.51 $25.39 $52,810
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 520 0.37 $28.35 $58,960

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 40 0.01 $40.55 $84,350
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 310 0.02 $35.10 $73,010
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,080 0.96 $34.09 $70,900
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 30 0.01 $33.08 $68,810
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 60 0.11 $31.49 $65,500


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 3,370 0.20 2.51 $30.01 $62,430
New York 1,760 0.19 2.38 $36.98 $76,920
Georgia 730 0.17 2.11 $28.53 $59,330
Illinois 520 0.09 1.10 $26.26 $54,620
Ohio 490 0.09 1.14 $23.43 $48,740




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)
District of Columbia 220 0.31 3.82 $35.25 $73,330
Nevada 310 0.23 2.89 $21.08 $43,850
New Mexico 160 0.20 2.49 $24.46 $50,870
California 3,370 0.20 2.51 $30.01 $62,430
New York 1,760 0.19 2.38 $36.98 $76,920




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 1,760 0.19 2.38 $36.98 $76,920
Oregon 230 0.12 1.55 $35.81 $74,490
District of Columbia 220 0.31 3.82 $35.25 $73,330
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $32.45 $67,490
California 3,370 0.20 2.51 $30.01 $62,430



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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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.53 6.55 $31.61 $65,740
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.22 2.69 $37.64 $78,280
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 480 0.13 1.64 $26.68 $55,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 410 0.16 2.03 $31.08 $64,650
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 290 0.30 3.68 $20.97 $43,610
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.17 2.09 $25.29 $52,610
Columbus, OH 220 0.21 2.57 $20.69 $43,030
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 210 0.08 1.02 $24.98 $51,960
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.16 1.95 $36.76 $76,470
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 180 0.09 1.13 $24.12 $50,180


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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.53 6.55 $31.61 $65,740
Savannah, GA 50 0.32 3.96 $29.17 $60,670
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 290 0.30 3.68 $20.97 $43,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.22 2.69 $37.64 $78,280
Urban Honolulu, HI 100 0.21 2.63 (8) (8)
Columbus, OH 220 0.21 2.57 $20.69 $43,030
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.20 2.51 $21.27 $44,240
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.19 2.33 $23.58 $49,040
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.17 2.09 $25.29 $52,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 410 0.16 2.03 $31.08 $64,650


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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.22 2.69 $37.64 $78,280
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.16 1.95 $36.76 $76,470
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.15 1.86 $36.45 $75,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.53 6.55 $31.61 $65,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 410 0.16 2.03 $31.08 $64,650
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 0.65 $29.27 $60,880
Savannah, GA 50 0.32 3.96 $29.17 $60,670
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $29.16 $60,660
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $27.97 $58,170
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 130 0.07 0.85 $27.94 $58,110


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

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Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018