Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
11,930 5.6 % $26.40 $54,920 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.82 $16.68 $23.81 $33.60 $44.45
Annual Wage (2) $24,580 $34,690 $49,530 $69,900 $92,470


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 3,370 0.86 $31.95 $66,450
Performing Arts Companies 1,760 1.47 $23.22 $48,300
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1,060 0.70 $22.92 $47,680
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 760 1.44 $21.32 $44,340
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 670 0.07 $25.06 $52,130

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 1,760 1.47 $23.22 $48,300
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 760 1.44 $21.32 $44,340
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,370 0.86 $31.95 $66,450
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1,060 0.70 $22.92 $47,680
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 480 0.39 $22.88 $47,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 310 0.02 $33.82 $70,340
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,370 0.86 $31.95 $66,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 (7) $31.49 $65,490
Radio and Television Broadcasting 350 0.16 $31.04 $64,550
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 60 0.02 $29.35 $61,040


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 2,910 0.19 2.17 $28.96 $60,240
New York 2,050 0.23 2.63 $31.31 $65,120
Texas 690 0.06 0.69 $18.70 $38,900
Minnesota 440 0.16 1.85 $26.82 $55,780
Florida 400 0.05 0.58 $18.87 $39,240




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 200 0.30 3.42 $32.40 $67,400
New York 2,050 0.23 2.63 $31.31 $65,120
Oregon 330 0.19 2.20 $31.87 $66,290
California 2,910 0.19 2.17 $28.96 $60,240
New Mexico 150 0.18 2.10 $26.07 $54,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 200 0.30 3.42 $32.40 $67,400
Tennessee 150 0.05 0.62 $32.20 $66,980
Oregon 330 0.19 2.20 $31.87 $66,290
New York 2,050 0.23 2.63 $31.31 $65,120
Connecticut 180 0.11 1.28 $30.78 $64,020





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 2,140 0.52 6.04 $29.79 $61,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.27 3.13 $31.64 $65,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.23 2.63 $26.67 $55,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 350 0.14 1.66 $29.96 $62,320
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 310 0.09 0.99 $24.40 $50,750
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 1.14 $23.28 $48,420
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.12 1.35 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 160 0.05 0.61 $18.42 $38,310
Oklahoma City, OK 150 0.24 2.83 $17.05 $35,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 140 0.10 1.16 $20.49 $42,620




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 2,140 0.52 6.04 $29.79 $61,970
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.27 3.09 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.27 3.13 $31.64 $65,820
Toledo, OH 80 0.26 2.95 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 150 0.24 2.83 $17.05 $35,470
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.23 2.63 $26.67 $55,470
Lancaster, PA 40 0.18 2.12 $20.30 $42,220
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.18 2.12 $27.97 $58,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 350 0.14 1.66 $29.96 $62,320
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 1.35 $29.47 $61,290




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 100 0.11 1.28 $36.49 $75,890
Dayton, OH 40 0.10 1.13 $35.34 $73,500
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 0.60 $32.78 $68,190
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.27 3.13 $31.64 $65,820
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 120 0.10 1.11 $30.42 $63,270
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.93 $30.01 $62,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 350 0.14 1.66 $29.96 $62,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,140 0.52 6.04 $29.79 $61,970
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 1.35 $29.47 $61,290
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.41 $29.33 $61,000


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016