Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
29,170 2.9 % $29.52 $61,400 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.29 $20.21 $27.92 $37.16 $46.11
Annual Wage (2) $31,810 $42,040 $58,060 $77,300 $95,910


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,440 $32.46 $67,510
Specialized Design Services 2,930 $30.07 $62,540
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,890 $25.72 $53,490
Plastics Product Manufacturing 930 $27.37 $56,920
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 720 $31.35 $65,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) $41.37 $86,050
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 50 $39.20 $81,540
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 130 $35.45 $73,730
Employment Services 550 $35.04 $72,890
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 80 $35.02 $72,840


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Michigan 4,530 $34.45 $71,660 1.163
Rhode Island 310 $28.77 $59,850 0.680
Vermont 150 $27.69 $57,600 0.505
Wisconsin 1,160 $27.16 $56,490 0.431
Maine 240 $29.29 $60,920 0.408

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Louisiana 350 $35.15 $73,100 0.185
Massachusetts 840 $35.04 $72,880 0.267
Kansas 250 $34.67 $72,100 0.182
Michigan 4,530 $34.45 $71,660 1.163
North Carolina 600 $33.43 $69,540 0.154


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,090 $37.70 $78,410 1.967
Kokomo, IN 70 $32.57 $67,750 1.953
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 110 $28.42 $59,110 1.812
Wausau, WI 90 $26.99 $56,140 1.280
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 120 $27.52 $57,230 1.220

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 450 $39.05 $81,220 0.502
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 60 $38.87 $80,850 0.420
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 90 $38.82 $80,750 0.440
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 60 $38.77 $80,640 0.408
Richmond, VA (8) $38.48 $80,040 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010