Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
12,060 3.9 % $27.69 $57,600 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.65 $17.64 $24.51 $35.26 $46.79
Annual Wage (2) $26,310 $36,690 $50,990 $73,330 $97,320


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 3,960 0.94 $32.84 $68,300
Performing Arts Companies 1,580 1.26 $22.97 $47,780
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 940 0.60 $24.32 $50,590
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 800 1.49 $21.34 $44,380
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 740 0.08 $26.43 $54,970

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 800 1.49 $21.34 $44,380
Performing Arts Companies 1,580 1.26 $22.97 $47,780
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,960 0.94 $32.84 $68,300
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 940 0.60 $24.32 $50,590
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 430 0.33 $25.87 $53,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 200 0.10 $37.84 $78,720
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 30 0.01 $36.11 $75,100
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30 0.01 $34.58 $71,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.02 $34.28 $71,300
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,960 0.94 $32.84 $68,300


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 3,420 0.21 2.49 $30.58 $63,620
New York 2,210 0.24 2.82 $31.89 $66,330
Georgia 840 0.20 2.31 $27.47 $57,130
Texas 530 0.05 0.52 $23.78 $49,470
Illinois 410 0.07 0.81 $25.93 $53,930




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 250 0.36 4.19 $34.02 $70,770
New York 2,210 0.24 2.82 $31.89 $66,330
Nevada 290 0.23 2.70 $20.62 $42,890
California 3,420 0.21 2.49 $30.58 $63,620
Georgia 840 0.20 2.31 $27.47 $57,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 250 0.36 4.19 $34.02 $70,770
Oregon 180 0.10 1.14 $33.87 $70,450
New York 2,210 0.24 2.82 $31.89 $66,330
Connecticut 170 0.10 1.22 $31.18 $64,860
California 3,420 0.21 2.49 $30.58 $63,620





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 2,530 0.60 6.98 $31.47 $65,450
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.29 3.32 $31.95 $66,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 440 0.18 2.06 $29.61 $61,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.17 1.96 $26.40 $54,920
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 1.21 $26.24 $54,580
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 290 0.31 3.58 $20.69 $43,030
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.10 1.19 $23.62 $49,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.12 1.41 $26.47 $55,070
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.14 1.66 (8) (8)
Columbus, OH 170 0.17 1.93 $19.09 $39,700




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 2,530 0.60 6.98 $31.47 $65,450
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 290 0.31 3.58 $20.69 $43,030
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.29 3.32 $31.95 $66,450
Oklahoma City, OK 160 0.26 3.04 $18.84 $39,190
Toledo, OH 60 0.21 2.48 $11.87 $24,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 440 0.18 2.06 $29.61 $61,580
Columbus, OH 170 0.17 1.93 $19.09 $39,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.17 1.96 $26.40 $54,920
Lancaster, PA 40 0.15 1.75 (8) (8)
New Haven, CT 40 0.14 1.62 (8) (8)




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.82 $33.17 $68,990
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.29 3.32 $31.95 $66,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,530 0.60 6.98 $31.47 $65,450
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.64 $30.72 $63,900
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.04 0.50 $30.50 $63,430
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.13 1.56 $30.11 $62,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 440 0.18 2.06 $29.61 $61,580
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 0.91 $29.30 $60,950
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.13 1.47 $28.95 $60,210
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $27.43 $57,050


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

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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

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Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017