Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
9,750 5.2 % $25.96 $53,990 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.44 $16.35 $24.04 $32.82 $42.00
Annual Wage (2) $23,790 $34,010 $50,000 $68,270 $87,350


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 2,160 0.57 $33.49 $69,650
Performing Arts Companies 1,550 1.32 $21.14 $43,980
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 890 0.64 $23.16 $48,170
Radio and Television Broadcasting 560 0.26 $26.61 $55,350
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 390 0.37 $21.64 $45,010

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 1,550 1.32 $21.14 $43,980
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 340 0.68 $20.53 $42,690
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 890 0.64 $23.16 $48,170
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,160 0.57 $33.49 $69,650
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 390 0.37 $21.64 $45,010

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 2,160 0.57 $33.49 $69,650
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 330 0.02 $32.54 $67,670
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $31.39 $65,290
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 30 0.01 $29.36 $61,060
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40 (7) $29.33 $61,000


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 2,340 0.16 2.16 $26.36 $54,820
New York 1,310 0.15 2.06 $38.36 $79,790
Texas 620 0.06 0.78 $20.38 $42,400
Minnesota 470 0.18 2.40 $22.43 $46,660
Florida 440 0.06 0.81 $15.98 $33,250




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 270 0.34 4.60 $25.70 $53,460
District of Columbia 140 0.21 2.85 $30.07 $62,550
Minnesota 470 0.18 2.40 $22.43 $46,660
California 2,340 0.16 2.16 $26.36 $54,820
New York 1,310 0.15 2.06 $38.36 $79,790




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 1,310 0.15 2.06 $38.36 $79,790
Massachusetts 110 0.03 0.44 $30.41 $63,250
District of Columbia 140 0.21 2.85 $30.07 $62,550
Missouri 140 0.05 0.70 $30.05 $62,510
Maryland 280 0.11 1.48 $29.24 $60,820





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 1,190 0.23 3.10 $38.94 $81,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.30 4.01 $29.07 $60,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 450 0.25 3.41 $22.38 $46,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.71 $30.55 $63,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 290 0.13 1.70 $22.07 $45,900
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 220 0.17 2.31 $20.57 $42,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.63 $21.83 $45,400
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.07 1.02 $26.72 $55,590
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 130 0.13 1.71 $14.81 $30,800
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 130 0.25 3.33 $28.54 $59,360




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 1,170 0.30 4.01 $29.07 $60,460
Albuquerque, NM 110 0.30 4.12 $21.38 $44,470
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 130 0.25 3.33 $28.54 $59,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 450 0.25 3.41 $22.38 $46,540
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.23 3.10 $38.94 $81,000
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 220 0.17 2.31 $20.57 $42,780
Lancaster, PA 30 0.15 1.99 $21.83 $45,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.71 $30.55 $63,550
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 130 0.13 1.71 $14.81 $30,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 290 0.13 1.70 $22.07 $45,900




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 1,190 0.23 3.10 $38.94 $81,000
St. Louis, MO-IL 100 0.08 1.10 $32.43 $67,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 0.96 $31.74 $66,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.58 $31.65 $65,820
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $31.10 $64,690
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 40 0.08 1.02 $30.95 $64,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.71 $30.55 $63,550
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.60 $29.91 $62,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.30 4.01 $29.07 $60,460
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 130 0.25 3.33 $28.54 $59,360


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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