Set and Exhibit Designers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for set and exhibit designers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of set and exhibit designers among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Set and Exhibit Designers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,590
25th Percentile Wage
$41,770
50th Percentile Wage
$53,380
75th Percentile Wage
$76,870
90th Percentile Wage
$98,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for set and exhibit designers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $98,480. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,590.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of set and exhibit designers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,380
0.52% -9.40%
2016
$53,100
7.46% -
2015
$49,140
-8.65% -
2014
$53,390
7.14% -
2013
$49,580
-17.79% -
2012
$58,400
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Set and Exhibit Designers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of set and exhibit designers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of set and exhibit designers in state of California ranges from $35,820 to $80,990. The highest paying area for set and exhibit designers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $80,990. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Stockton (mean annual salary $61,360). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $35,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$80,990
Stockton
$61,360
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$59,050
Salinas
$58,340
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$57,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$54,570
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$49,500
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$47,550
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$42,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$38,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$37,060
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$35,820




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