Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
8,120 5.0 % $24.81 $51,600 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.30 $15.51 $22.44 $32.11 $40.47
Annual Wage (2) $25,580 $32,260 $46,680 $66,800 $84,180


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 1,490 0.42 $32.95 $68,540
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1,190 0.93 $21.70 $45,130
Performing Arts Companies 1,170 1.03 $19.11 $39,740
Other Support Services 630 0.23 $24.61 $51,190
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 540 1.18 $20.28 $42,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 540 1.18 $20.28 $42,180
Performing Arts Companies 1,170 1.03 $19.11 $39,740
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1,190 0.93 $21.70 $45,130
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 130 0.69 $19.01 $39,550
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 430 0.46 $20.26 $42,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 40 0.03 $41.45 $86,210
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,490 0.42 $32.95 $68,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $32.79 $68,190
Specialized Design Services 250 0.22 $28.39 $59,040
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 220 0.03 $26.14 $54,360


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 2,330 0.17 2.60 $27.76 $57,740
New York 740 0.09 1.39 $28.58 $59,450
Texas 500 0.05 0.77 $20.28 $42,180
Pennsylvania 340 0.06 0.99 $16.83 $35,000
Virginia 270 0.08 1.21 $22.48 $46,760




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 150 0.24 3.77 $29.83 $62,040
California 2,330 0.17 2.60 $27.76 $57,740
Connecticut 240 0.15 2.37 $26.50 $55,120
New York 740 0.09 1.39 $28.58 $59,450
Utah 100 0.09 1.35 $18.60 $38,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 210 0.08 1.32 $30.73 $63,930
District of Columbia 150 0.24 3.77 $29.83 $62,040
Louisiana 80 0.04 0.69 $29.35 $61,050
Massachusetts 260 0.08 1.28 $28.75 $59,800
Oregon 110 0.07 1.11 $28.71 $59,710

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.29 4.60 $30.97 $64,420
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 500 0.10 1.57 $28.76 $59,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.14 2.15 $28.15 $58,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.26 4.06 $31.11 $64,710
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 230 0.07 1.03 $20.72 $43,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 170 0.07 1.07 $23.15 $48,140
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.10 1.49 $26.58 $55,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.09 1.43 $22.00 $45,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.16 2.46 $24.96 $51,920
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 150 0.12 1.88 $19.80 $41,170




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 1,120 0.29 4.60 $30.97 $64,420
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.26 4.06 $31.11 $64,710
Lancaster, PA 40 0.16 2.57 $15.44 $32,110
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.16 2.46 $24.96 $51,920
Greensboro-High Point, NC 50 0.15 2.29 $15.77 $32,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.14 2.15 $28.15 $58,550
Tucson, AZ 50 0.13 2.08 $16.57 $34,470
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.13 2.07 $18.39 $38,250
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 150 0.12 1.88 $19.80 $41,170
Richmond, VA 70 0.12 1.85 $22.59 $46,990




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)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $42.22 $87,810
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $32.67 $67,950
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.26 4.06 $31.11 $64,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.29 4.60 $30.97 $64,420
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.11 1.74 $30.41 $63,260
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 70 0.07 1.08 $30.33 $63,100
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (8) (8) (8) $30.23 $62,870
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.42 $29.01 $60,330
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 500 0.10 1.57 $28.76 $59,830
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 60 0.07 1.05 $28.32 $58,910


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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