Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
8,680 6.3 % $26.11 $54,310 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.11 $16.24 $24.18 $33.58 $42.02
Annual Wage (2) $25,180 $33,790 $50,300 $69,850 $87,390


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 2,010 0.56 $33.05 $68,740
Performing Arts Companies 1,050 0.90 $17.71 $36,830
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 930 0.69 $24.46 $50,880
Other Support Services 650 0.23 $28.08 $58,400
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.76 $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)
Performing Arts Companies 1,050 0.90 $17.71 $36,830
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.76 $20.61 $42,880
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 930 0.69 $24.46 $50,880
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,010 0.56 $33.05 $68,740
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 340 0.34 $21.52 $44,770

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 2,010 0.56 $33.05 $68,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 320 0.02 $32.88 $68,400
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 50 0.02 $30.95 $64,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $29.59 $61,540
Employment Services (8) (8) $28.65 $59,590


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 2,760 0.19 2.89 $27.94 $58,110
New York 880 0.10 1.54 $38.36 $79,790
Texas 560 0.05 0.80 $23.18 $48,220
Georgia 330 0.09 1.31 $20.76 $43,180
Florida 290 0.04 0.60 $18.31 $38,090




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)
New Mexico 150 0.20 2.94 $24.82 $51,630
District of Columbia 120 0.19 2.86 $33.20 $69,050
California 2,760 0.19 2.89 $27.94 $58,110
Oregon 170 0.11 1.59 $26.01 $54,100
Utah 120 0.10 1.48 $16.08 $33,440




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 880 0.10 1.54 $38.36 $79,790
District of Columbia 120 0.19 2.86 $33.20 $69,050
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $29.38 $61,100
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $29.26 $60,860
Massachusetts 130 0.04 0.63 $28.86 $60,020





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 1,370 0.36 5.33 $30.65 $63,750
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 680 0.13 1.98 $40.02 $83,240
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.41 6.09 $30.37 $63,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 280 0.13 1.89 $21.07 $43,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.78 $31.81 $66,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.13 1.90 $19.43 $40,420
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 170 0.13 2.01 $20.79 $43,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.67 $21.97 $45,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.11 1.70 $18.55 $38,590
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.12 1.85 $24.23 $50,400




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 410 0.41 6.09 $30.37 $63,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.36 5.33 $30.65 $63,750
Provo-Orem, UT 30 0.18 2.69 $15.05 $31,300
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 170 0.13 2.01 $20.79 $43,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 680 0.13 1.98 $40.02 $83,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.13 1.90 $19.43 $40,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 280 0.13 1.89 $21.07 $43,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.78 $31.81 $66,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.12 1.85 $24.23 $50,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.11 1.70 $18.55 $38,590




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 680 0.13 1.98 $40.02 $83,240
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 40 0.06 0.94 $32.55 $67,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.78 $31.81 $66,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.36 5.33 $30.65 $63,750
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.41 6.09 $30.37 $63,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 90 0.05 0.80 $30.04 $62,490
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $29.94 $62,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.09 1.42 $29.77 $61,930
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $29.38 $61,100
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (8) (8) (8) $28.95 $60,210


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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