Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
29,410 3.8 % $32.23 $67,030 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.80 $23.35 $31.07 $39.69 $48.11
Annual Wage (2) $37,030 $48,570 $64,620 $82,540 $100,070


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)
Specialized Design Services 4,140 3.28 $32.32 $67,220
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,020 0.22 $33.81 $70,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,370 0.11 $34.89 $72,580
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,600 0.58 $28.02 $58,290
Plastics Product Manufacturing 990 0.18 $28.04 $58,320

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 4,140 3.28 $32.32 $67,220
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,600 0.58 $28.02 $58,290
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 250 0.55 $29.61 $61,590
Household Appliance Manufacturing 270 0.47 $30.78 $64,010
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.43 $26.61 $55,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $44.23 $91,990
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 170 0.05 $37.62 $78,250
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 500 0.27 $37.22 $77,420
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 420 0.08 $36.92 $76,800
Warehousing and Storage 30 (7) $36.77 $76,490


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 4,840 1.19 5.46 $36.32 $75,540
California 3,950 0.26 1.20 $34.37 $71,500
New York 2,530 0.29 1.32 $35.01 $72,830
Ohio 1,700 0.33 1.50 $31.18 $64,850
Illinois 1,230 0.21 0.98 $31.54 $65,600




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 4,840 1.19 5.46 $36.32 $75,540
Rhode Island 280 0.61 2.80 $28.89 $60,090
Vermont 140 0.48 2.19 $27.10 $56,360
South Carolina 650 0.34 1.58 $34.68 $72,130
Ohio 1,700 0.33 1.50 $31.18 $64,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 4,840 1.19 5.46 $36.32 $75,540
Massachusetts 800 0.24 1.10 $35.96 $74,800
New York 2,530 0.29 1.32 $35.01 $72,830
South Carolina 650 0.34 1.58 $34.68 $72,130
Nevada 80 0.07 0.30 $34.50 $71,750





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.36 1.64 $36.17 $75,240
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,900 1.66 7.64 $37.61 $78,240
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,590 2.21 10.17 $39.01 $81,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.37 1.71 $30.83 $64,120
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.19 0.87 $32.32 $67,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.38 1.74 $35.18 $73,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 540 0.23 1.04 $32.93 $68,490
Columbus, OH 420 0.43 1.99 $30.73 $63,920
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 420 0.41 1.89 $34.08 $70,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 390 0.21 0.98 $29.66 $61,700




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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,590 2.21 10.17 $39.01 $81,150
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 110 1.93 8.88 $28.55 $59,390
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 220 1.93 8.86 $29.36 $61,060
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 1.66 7.64 (8) (8)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,900 1.66 7.64 $37.61 $78,240
Ann Arbor, MI 320 1.55 7.11 $32.76 $68,130
Pascagoula, MS 70 1.35 6.21 $40.16 $83,530
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 130 1.09 5.01 $26.87 $55,890
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 50 0.90 4.12 $23.23 $48,320
Sheboygan, WI 40 0.77 3.53 $31.92 $66,380




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.15 0.67 $42.09 $87,540
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $41.76 $86,860
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 350 0.36 1.66 $41.30 $85,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 310 0.24 1.08 $41.02 $85,330
Greensboro-High Point, NC 200 0.57 2.63 $40.77 $84,800
Pascagoula, MS 70 1.35 6.21 $40.16 $83,530
Knoxville, TN 40 0.13 0.60 $39.55 $82,270
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $39.10 $81,330
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,590 2.21 10.17 $39.01 $81,150
Winston-Salem, NC 50 0.22 1.01 $38.68 $80,460

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 110 0.37 1.68 $28.41 $59,100
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.47 2.17 $24.56 $51,090
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.31 1.40 $22.18 $46,120
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 1.59 $21.63 $44,990
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 3.48 $26.05 $54,180

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 3.48 $26.05 $54,180
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.47 2.17 $24.56 $51,090
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.46 2.10 $23.60 $49,100
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.37 1.68 $28.41 $59,100
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 1.59 $21.63 $44,990

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.99 $31.42 $65,340
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.96 $64,390
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.22 $29.76 $61,900
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.37 1.68 $28.41 $59,100
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 0.41 $27.51 $57,210


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015