Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
28,670 3.8 % $29.76 $61,890 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.96 $20.73 $27.99 $37.23 $45.32
Annual Wage (2) $33,190 $43,120 $58,230 $77,430 $94,270


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,240 0.25 $33.61 $69,910
Specialized Design Services 2,930 2.57 $31.27 $65,050
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,700 0.64 $26.30 $54,700
Plastics Product Manufacturing 970 0.19 $26.65 $55,430
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 770 0.19 $30.15 $62,710

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 2,930 2.57 $31.27 $65,050
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,700 0.64 $26.30 $54,700
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 470 0.51 $29.17 $60,670
Household Appliance Manufacturing 280 0.50 $31.89 $66,340
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 210 0.47 $25.83 $53,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $42.44 $88,280
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 30 0.04 $39.43 $82,020
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 310 0.08 $34.41 $71,570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,240 0.25 $33.61 $69,910
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.03 $33.56 $69,810


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)
Michigan 4,000 1.07 4.72 $34.62 $72,000
California 2,770 0.20 0.88 $31.70 $65,940
New York 2,080 0.25 1.10 $30.11 $62,620
Pennsylvania 1,920 0.35 1.55 $28.81 $59,920
Illinois 1,890 0.34 1.51 $28.14 $58,520




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 4,000 1.07 4.72 $34.62 $72,000
Rhode Island 300 0.66 2.94 $29.82 $62,030
Wisconsin 1,330 0.51 2.27 $26.00 $54,080
Vermont 130 0.45 2.00 $25.52 $53,070
Maine 220 0.37 1.65 $27.92 $58,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 260 0.20 0.89 $40.86 $84,990
Oregon 190 0.12 0.53 $37.64 $78,300
Mississippi 70 0.06 0.28 $36.67 $76,280
Michigan 4,000 1.07 4.72 $34.62 $72,000
Massachusetts 710 0.23 1.00 $33.62 $69,920

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 2,180 2.14 9.51 $37.29 $77,550
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.27 1.21 $33.17 $68,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 860 0.23 1.00 $30.36 $63,160
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 800 0.23 1.00 $26.26 $54,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 570 0.34 1.50 $26.48 $55,080
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 550 0.41 1.80 $29.08 $60,480
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.36 1.59 $35.35 $73,520
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 440 0.22 0.98 $29.17 $60,670
Pittsburgh, PA 440 0.40 1.78 $26.75 $55,640
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 430 0.55 2.43 $27.57 $57,350




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,180 2.14 9.51 $37.29 $77,550
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 110 1.95 8.65 $27.96 $58,150
Wausau, WI 90 1.46 6.49 $19.91 $41,420
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 120 1.21 5.37 $24.83 $51,650
Anderson, SC 60 1.02 4.52 (8) (8)
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 70 0.76 3.37 $24.93 $51,850
Racine, WI 50 0.64 2.83 $24.73 $51,430
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 340 0.63 2.81 $29.44 $61,230
York-Hanover, PA 100 0.58 2.55 $27.55 $57,310
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 430 0.55 2.43 $27.57 $57,350




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)
Greensboro-High Point, NC 160 0.49 2.17 $44.53 $92,630
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 160 0.17 0.75 $42.22 $87,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 270 0.16 0.71 $39.33 $81,800
Ann Arbor, MI 70 0.35 1.56 $38.89 $80,890
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.27 1.22 $37.80 $78,630
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,180 2.14 9.51 $37.29 $77,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 220 0.26 1.14 $37.09 $77,140
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.17 0.77 $36.61 $76,160
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 70 0.50 2.19 $35.50 $73,840
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $35.46 $73,750

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 250 0.94 4.15 $32.38 $67,350
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 1.45 $23.56 $49,000
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.34 1.50 $22.82 $47,470
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 1.64 $21.28 $44,260
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 3.98 $21.90 $45,560

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 250 0.94 4.15 $32.38 $67,350
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 3.98 $21.90 $45,560
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 2.29 $28.70 $59,690
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 1.64 $21.28 $44,260
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.34 1.50 $22.82 $47,470

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) $33.61 $69,900
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 250 0.94 4.15 $32.38 $67,350
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.44 $28.88 $60,080
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 2.29 $28.70 $59,690
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.80 $28.57 $59,420


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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