Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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.

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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)
8,060 6.4 % $18.78 $39,070 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.80 $12.87 $16.90 $23.15 $31.06
Annual Wage (2) $20,390 $26,760 $35,150 $48,150 $64,600

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Performing arts companies 1,360 $14.94 $31,080 1 22
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 870 $17.10 $35,570 2 18
Employment services 640 $17.76 $36,930 3 14
Radio and television broadcasting 540 $24.42 $50,800 4 3
Other professional and technical services 350 $14.00 $29,130 5 28

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Motion picture and video industries 300 $31.23 $64,950 8 1
Federal government (OES designation) 330 $25.36 $52,740 6 2
Radio and television broadcasting 540 $24.42 $50,800 4 3
Cable and other subscription programming 110 $24.10 $50,130 16 4
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers (6) $22.53 $46,850 (6) 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 130 $24.61 $51,200 0.022% 176
Maryland 420 $19.88 $41,340 0.017% 276
New York 950 $21.69 $45,120 0.012% 299
New Mexico 70 $13.66 $28,410 0.010% 350
New Jersey 390 $22.72 $47,260 0.010% 266

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 130 $24.61 $51,200 0.022% 176
California 1,050 $22.92 $47,680 0.007% 282
New Jersey 390 $22.72 $47,260 0.010% 266
New York 950 $21.69 $45,120 0.012% 299
Missouri 90 $20.26 $42,140 0.003% 223

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Fe, NM MSA 30 $17.12 $35,610 0.041%
Baltimore, MD PMSA 230 $18.69 $38,860 0.019%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 160 $29.29 $60,930 0.016%
New York, NY PMSA 590 $25.11 $52,230 0.015%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 80 $17.58 $36,560 0.013%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 160 $29.29 $60,930 0.016%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA (6) $26.26 $54,620 (6)
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 340 $25.65 $53,340 0.008%
New York, NY PMSA 590 $25.11 $52,230 0.015%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 150 $24.44 $50,830 0.006%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan 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 Excel files(XLS).

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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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