Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
8,510 5.6 % $26.39 $54,890 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.16 $15.91 $23.31 $33.72 $44.02
Annual Wage (2) $25,290 $33,100 $48,480 $70,150 $91,570


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 1,800 0.51 $36.95 $76,860
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1,080 0.83 $23.14 $48,140
Performing Arts Companies 1,040 0.92 $19.03 $39,570
Other Support Services 660 0.23 $26.57 $55,260
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 530 1.12 $20.61 $42,880

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 530 1.12 $20.61 $42,880
Performing Arts Companies 1,040 0.92 $19.03 $39,570
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1,080 0.83 $23.14 $48,140
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,800 0.51 $36.95 $76,860
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 440 0.45 $20.27 $42,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,800 0.51 $36.95 $76,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $32.88 $68,390
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 50 0.01 $30.39 $63,220
Amusement Parks and Arcades 80 0.05 $30.33 $63,090
Specialized Design Services 240 0.21 $28.30 $58,870


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 2,660 0.19 2.86 $27.91 $58,040
New York 830 0.10 1.49 $39.68 $82,540
Texas 440 0.04 0.65 $21.62 $44,970
Pennsylvania 280 0.05 0.76 $19.49 $40,540
Florida 270 0.04 0.57 $21.82 $45,380




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 130 0.21 3.14 $30.59 $63,630
California 2,660 0.19 2.86 $27.91 $58,040
New Mexico 100 0.13 1.94 (8) (8)
Utah 110 0.10 1.44 $19.14 $39,800
New York 830 0.10 1.49 $39.68 $82,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 830 0.10 1.49 $39.68 $82,540
Tennessee 200 0.08 1.17 $33.00 $68,640
Massachusetts 250 0.08 1.21 $31.33 $65,170
New Jersey 120 0.03 0.47 $30.63 $63,700
District of Columbia 130 0.21 3.14 $30.59 $63,630





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 1,210 0.32 4.77 $31.31 $65,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 610 0.12 1.81 (8) (8)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 5.20 $30.80 $64,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 1.72 $30.62 $63,690
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 240 0.07 1.00 $19.12 $39,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.13 1.91 $19.86 $41,300
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 200 0.16 2.41 $20.67 $42,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.17 2.61 $25.24 $52,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.10 1.45 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 0.06 0.92 $24.70 $51,380




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 5.20 $30.80 $64,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.32 4.77 $31.31 $65,120
Greensboro-High Point, NC 60 0.19 2.83 $16.77 $34,890
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 70 0.19 2.87 $12.81 $26,640
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 130 0.18 2.67 $41.19 $85,680
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.17 2.61 $25.24 $52,500
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 200 0.16 2.41 $20.67 $42,980
Lancaster, PA 30 0.15 2.20 $18.48 $38,450
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.13 1.94 $19.77 $41,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.13 1.91 $19.86 $41,300




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 130 0.18 2.67 $41.19 $85,680
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.15 $75,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.32 4.77 $31.31 $65,120
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 5.20 $30.80 $64,070
Dayton, OH (8) (8) (8) $30.76 $63,970
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $30.65 $63,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 1.72 $30.62 $63,690
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $29.63 $61,620
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 40 0.07 1.12 $29.46 $61,270
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (8) (8) (8) $29.40 $61,150


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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