Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
29,030 3.7 % $30.02 $62,430 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.64 $21.36 $28.66 $36.98 $45.31
Annual Wage (2) $34,610 $44,430 $59,610 $76,930 $94,250


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 3,990 3.43 $30.41 $63,250
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,510 0.19 $34.15 $71,030
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,540 0.57 $28.08 $58,410
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,170 0.25 $30.51 $63,460
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,060 0.35 $25.70 $53,460

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 3,990 3.43 $30.41 $63,250
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 660 0.70 $26.32 $54,740
Household Appliance Manufacturing 330 0.60 $29.78 $61,950
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,540 0.57 $28.08 $58,410
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 450 0.46 $24.85 $51,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.03 $38.84 $80,790
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 100 0.11 $37.17 $77,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 300 0.05 $35.04 $72,880
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 360 0.07 $34.41 $71,570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,510 0.19 $34.15 $71,030


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 0.24 1.06 $31.23 $64,950
Michigan 3,280 0.84 3.75 $33.70 $70,100
Texas 2,310 0.22 0.98 $30.07 $62,550
Pennsylvania 1,880 0.34 1.51 $29.42 $61,190
New York 1,810 0.21 0.95 $32.93 $68,500




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 3,280 0.84 3.75 $33.70 $70,100
Rhode Island 320 0.71 3.19 $27.94 $58,120
Vermont 160 0.54 2.41 $25.66 $53,380
Wisconsin 1,180 0.44 1.98 $27.61 $57,420
Indiana 990 0.35 1.57 $24.56 $51,090




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 200 0.12 0.56 $39.24 $81,610
New Mexico 30 0.04 0.20 $38.88 $80,860
Missouri 320 0.12 0.55 $34.82 $72,420
Connecticut 250 0.15 0.69 $34.39 $71,530
Michigan 3,280 0.84 3.75 $33.70 $70,100





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 1,430 1.33 5.98 $34.82 $72,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.26 1.19 $34.30 $71,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.33 1.50 $27.47 $57,130
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 880 1.26 5.66 $33.94 $70,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 720 0.34 1.54 $27.49 $57,170
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 670 0.18 0.83 $30.38 $63,180
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 570 0.58 2.62 $33.64 $69,980
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 550 0.21 0.94 $34.61 $72,000
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 500 0.28 1.24 $28.67 $59,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 440 0.25 1.14 $27.03 $56,210




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)
Kokomo, IN 80 2.05 9.19 (8) (8)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 110 1.86 8.36 $27.60 $57,400
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 150 1.42 6.39 $30.65 $63,760
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,430 1.33 5.98 $34.82 $72,430
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 880 1.26 5.66 $33.94 $70,590
Wausau, WI 80 1.24 5.59 $23.03 $47,900
Anderson, SC 60 0.97 4.36 (8) (8)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 80 0.93 4.17 $25.29 $52,600
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 90 0.73 3.29 $31.56 $65,650
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 210 0.71 3.20 $34.45 $71,660




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 110 0.40 1.78 $46.41 $96,540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 200 0.20 0.90 $40.49 $84,220
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.45 2.03 $40.27 $83,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.22 0.99 $39.48 $82,120
St. Louis, MO-IL 150 0.12 0.54 $39.01 $81,150
Winston-Salem, NC 60 0.31 1.37 $38.07 $79,190
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.35 1.55 $37.23 $77,440
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.25 1.11 $35.84 $74,550
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $35.61 $74,080
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 230 0.59 2.64 $35.38 $73,590

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 130 0.44 1.98 $29.35 $61,040
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.47 6.60 $26.01 $54,090
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.56 2.52 $20.10 $41,810
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 1.45 $27.45 $57,090
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.18 0.79 $24.79 $51,560

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)
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.47 6.60 $26.01 $54,090
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 2.87 $16.14 $33,580
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 2.74 $28.59 $59,460
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.56 2.52 $20.10 $41,810
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.44 1.98 $29.35 $61,040

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.44 $71,630
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.14 $33.55 $69,790
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 1.15 $31.20 $64,890
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.44 1.98 $29.35 $61,040
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.31 $29.17 $60,680


About May 2012 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 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013