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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-1027 Set and Exhibit Designers

Design special exhibits and sets for film, video, television, and theater productions. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.


National estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers
Industry profile for Set and Exhibit Designers
Geographic profile for Set and Exhibit Designers

National estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,850 8.1 % $ 30.27 $ 62,960 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.81 $ 18.84 $ 26.37 $ 37.94 $ 48.34
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,810 $ 39,180 $ 54,860 $ 78,910 $ 100,550


Industry profile for Set and Exhibit Designers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,410 0.76 $ 35.82 $ 74,500
Performing Arts Companies 720 1.04 $ 21.98 $ 45,710
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 640 0.49 $ 28.45 $ 59,180
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 340 0.01 $ 24.11 $ 50,150
Specialized Design Services 280 0.21 $ 32.46 $ 67,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 720 1.04 $ 21.98 $ 45,710
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,410 0.76 $ 35.82 $ 74,500
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 640 0.49 $ 28.45 $ 59,180
Specialized Design Services 280 0.21 $ 32.46 $ 67,510
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 130 0.17 $ 24.92 $ 51,830

Top paying industries for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 50 0.01 $ 41.39 $ 86,100
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 280 0.01 $ 38.96 $ 81,030
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,410 0.76 $ 35.82 $ 74,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) $ 34.62 $ 72,010
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 110 0.01 $ 33.41 $ 69,490


Geographic profile for Set and Exhibit Designers:

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



Map of employment of set and exhibit designers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Set and Exhibit Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,420 0.16 3.37 $ 38.43 $ 79,940
California 1,020 0.06 1.26 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Georgia 670 0.15 3.14 $ 33.21 $ 69,080
Texas 510 0.04 0.85 $ 19.83 $ 41,250
Nevada 350 0.27 5.51 $ 31.46 $ 65,430


Map of location quotient of set and exhibit designers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Set and Exhibit Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 210 0.32 6.57 $ 33.19 $ 69,030
Nevada 350 0.27 5.51 $ 31.46 $ 65,430
New York 1,420 0.16 3.37 $ 38.43 $ 79,940
Georgia 670 0.15 3.14 $ 33.21 $ 69,080
Utah 140 0.09 1.91 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of set and exhibit designers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Set and Exhibit Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,420 0.16 3.37 $ 38.43 $ 79,940
Oregon 70 0.04 0.74 $ 37.80 $ 78,620
Washington (8) (8) (8) $ 33.27 $ 69,200
Georgia 670 0.15 3.14 $ 33.21 $ 69,080
District of Columbia 210 0.32 6.57 $ 33.19 $ 69,030



Map of employment of set and exhibit designers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,400 0.16 3.33 $ 39.11 $ 81,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 570 0.10 2.07 $ 28.09 $ 58,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 500 0.19 3.97 $ 34.92 $ 72,630
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 330 0.36 7.38 $ 31.21 $ 64,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 2.19 $ 34.52 $ 71,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 210 0.06 1.22 $ 21.04 $ 43,760
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.04 0.77 $ 27.82 $ 57,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.43 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130 0.07 1.42 $ 29.32 $ 60,990
Austin-Round Rock, TX 80 0.08 1.58 $ 18.56 $ 38,610


Map of location quotient of set and exhibit designers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Set and Exhibit Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.41 8.50 $ 26.07 $ 54,220
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 330 0.36 7.38 $ 31.21 $ 64,910
Savannah, GA 30 0.19 3.99 $ 27.57 $ 57,340
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 500 0.19 3.97 $ 34.92 $ 72,630
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,400 0.16 3.33 $ 39.11 $ 81,350
Lancaster, PA 40 0.16 3.30 $ 22.81 $ 47,450
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 50 0.11 2.20 $ 22.14 $ 46,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 2.19 $ 34.52 $ 71,800
Greensboro-High Point, NC 40 0.11 2.16 $ 27.27 $ 56,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 570 0.10 2.07 $ 28.09 $ 58,440


Map of annual mean wages of set and exhibit designers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Set and Exhibit Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.98 $ 42.59 $ 88,580
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,400 0.16 3.33 $ 39.11 $ 81,350
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 1.79 $ 37.32 $ 77,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 500 0.19 3.97 $ 34.92 $ 72,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 2.19 $ 34.52 $ 71,800
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 33.26 $ 69,170
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 70 0.03 0.59 $ 31.55 $ 65,620
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 330 0.36 7.38 $ 31.21 $ 64,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.43 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130 0.07 1.42 $ 29.32 $ 60,990


About May 2021 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022