Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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
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)
8,760 6.9 % $19.39 $40,330 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.63 $12.75 $17.25 $24.41 $32.54
Annual Wage (2) $20,040 $26,530 $35,890 $50,760 $67,690

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Performing arts companies 1,750 $16.92 $35,190
Employment services 860 $19.54 $40,650
Other professional and technical services 690 $14.67 $30,510
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 670 $19.32 $40,190
Independent artists, writers, and performers 570 $24.16 $50,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building finishing contractors 40 $29.46 $61,270
Federal government (OES designation) 310 $26.99 $56,130
Cable and other subscription programming 70 $26.43 $54,980
Motion picture and video industries 260 $26.42 $54,960
Radio and television broadcasting (7) $25.08 $52,160

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
District of Columbia 130 $27.68 $57,580 0.021%
Louisiana 300 $16.09 $33,470 0.016%
New York 1,200 $24.29 $50,520 0.014%
Maryland 330 $16.54 $34,400 0.013%
Texas 1,010 $17.46 $36,320 0.011%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 130 $27.68 $57,580 0.021%
Nevada 50 $26.53 $55,190 0.004%
New York 1,200 $24.29 $50,520 0.014%
Connecticut 50 $22.72 $47,250 0.003%
California 1,210 $22.22 $46,220 0.008%

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
New Orleans, LA MSA 190 $16.32 $33,940 0.031%
New York, NY PMSA 710 $27.69 $57,590 0.018%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 150 $26.49 $55,100 0.016%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 630 $23.28 $48,420 0.016%
Dallas, TX PMSA 280 $21.08 $43,850 0.015%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 710 $27.69 $57,590 0.018%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 110 $26.55 $55,220 0.006%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 50 $26.53 $55,190 0.006%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 150 $26.49 $55,100 0.016%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 40 $26.03 $54,140 0.003%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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