Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
10,460 5.5 % $25.55 $53,150 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.36 $16.45 $23.95 $32.68 $42.28
Annual Wage (2) $23,620 $34,210 $49,810 $67,970 $87,940


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 2,230 0.59 $29.51 $61,370
Performing Arts Companies 1,840 1.54 $22.03 $45,820
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 910 0.62 $22.67 $47,140
Radio and Television Broadcasting 710 0.32 $29.19 $60,710
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 470 0.88 $22.37 $46,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 1,840 1.54 $22.03 $45,820
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 470 0.88 $22.37 $46,530
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 910 0.62 $22.67 $47,140
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,230 0.59 $29.51 $61,370
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 430 0.36 $21.27 $44,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 310 0.02 $33.13 $68,910
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 60 (7) $32.13 $66,840
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 50 0.02 $30.64 $63,730
Junior Colleges 170 0.02 $29.55 $61,470
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,230 0.59 $29.51 $61,370


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 2,300 0.15 1.97 $28.17 $58,590
New York 1,900 0.22 2.78 (8) (8)
Texas 660 0.06 0.76 $20.80 $43,270
Georgia 490 0.12 1.58 $23.35 $48,570
Minnesota 470 0.17 2.20 $25.84 $53,760



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 170 0.26 3.30 $31.83 $66,200
New York 1,900 0.22 2.78 (8) (8)
Minnesota 470 0.17 2.20 $25.84 $53,760
Hawaii 100 0.17 2.14 $17.54 $36,480
New Mexico 120 0.16 2.04 $22.73 $47,270



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 170 0.26 3.30 $31.83 $66,200
Maryland 220 0.08 1.09 $30.82 $64,110
Louisiana 150 0.08 0.99 $28.87 $60,050
California 2,300 0.15 1.97 $28.17 $58,590
Tennessee 270 0.10 1.28 $27.81 $57,840




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.31 3.97 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.36 4.61 $29.57 $61,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 450 0.24 3.15 $25.84 $53,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 1.67 $31.03 $64,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.09 1.17 $24.62 $51,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 190 0.07 0.87 $23.38 $48,630
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.12 1.55 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 170 0.13 1.64 $19.30 $40,140
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.12 1.61 $29.05 $60,420
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.08 1.03 $25.20 $52,420



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 1,450 0.36 4.61 $29.57 $61,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.31 3.97 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 450 0.24 3.15 $25.84 $53,750
Greensboro-High Point, NC 90 0.24 3.15 $25.91 $53,890
Albuquerque, NM 50 0.15 1.91 $20.10 $41,810
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.14 1.82 $21.71 $45,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 1.67 $31.03 $64,530
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 170 0.13 1.64 $19.30 $40,140
Dayton, OH 50 0.13 1.63 $31.02 $64,510
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.12 1.55 (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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 50 0.09 1.17 $32.65 $67,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 1.67 $31.03 $64,530
Dayton, OH 50 0.13 1.63 $31.02 $64,510
Kansas City, MO-KS 40 0.04 0.47 $30.39 $63,220
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $29.89 $62,170
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 0.59 $29.71 $61,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.36 4.61 $29.57 $61,510
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.12 1.61 $29.05 $60,420
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $28.47 $59,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 1.36 $27.35 $56,890


About May 2014 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

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May 2014 Occupation Profiles

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Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015