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Highest Paying Industries for Designers

The top 100 highest paying industries for designers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $90,000, support activities for mining is the highest paying industry for designers. It is followed by mining industry (average annual salary $87,540). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of designers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Designers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Support Activities for Mining
$90,000
n/a
2 Mining
$87,540
n/a
3 Footwear Manufacturing
$79,020
260
4 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$78,100
1,820
5 Scientific Research and Development Services
$75,670
2,050
6 Federal government, including USPS
$74,130
2,240
7 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$74,130
2,230
8 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$72,330
n/a
9 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$72,180
n/a
10 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$70,080
n/a
11 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$69,890
600
12 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$69,730
60
13 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$68,370
130
14 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$67,180
210
15 Natural Gas Distribution
$66,350
30
16 Forging and Stamping
$66,010
60
17 Testing Laboratories
$64,420
490
18 Other Telecommunications
$64,060
60
19 Engineering Services
$63,580
5,310
20 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$63,320
520
21 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$62,790
140
22 Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$62,740
470
23 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$62,390
520
24 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$62,350
4,020
25 Telecommunications
$62,180
670
26 Security Systems Services
$61,970
80
27 Ship and Boat Building
$61,910
240
28 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$61,510
4,920
29 Federal, State, and Local Government
$61,510
4,920
30 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$60,380
1,020
31 Apparel Manufacturing
$60,380
4,370
32 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$60,170
210
33 Household Appliance Manufacturing
$59,700
320
34 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$59,480
120
35 Investigation and Security Services
$59,320
110
36 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$59,140
400
37 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$58,910
1,160
38 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$58,530
16,170
39 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$58,460
6,400
40 Other Financial Investment Activities
$58,000
250
41 Facilities Support Services
$57,950
60
42 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$57,930
9,260
43 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$57,880
6,630
44 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$57,810
2,360
45 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$57,720
60
46 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$57,590
80
47 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$57,200
390
48 Utilities
$57,160
110
49 Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
$57,080
40
50 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$56,980
50
51 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$56,940
130
52 Other Information Services
$56,590
1,900
53 Depository Credit Intermediation
$56,490
370
54 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$55,990
640
55 Machinery Manufacturing
$55,830
2,770
56 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$55,810
40
57 Software Publishers
$55,710
1,330
58 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$55,640
230
59 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$55,520
40
60 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$55,490
410
61 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$55,400
250
62 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$55,240
360
63 Insurance Carriers
$55,160
990
64 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$55,120
8,490
65 Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$55,030
310
66 Finance and Insurance
$54,830
2,430
67 Offices of Physicians
$54,740
n/a
68 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$54,700
230
69 Nonresidential Building Construction
$54,610
570
70 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$54,490
370
71 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$54,480
100
72 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$54,240
17,710
73 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$54,180
1,290
74 Social Advocacy Organizations
$53,910
430
75 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$53,730
80
76 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$53,690
690
77 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$53,570
250
78 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$53,510
100
79 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$53,380
n/a
80 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$53,360
70
81 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$53,120
8,970
82 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$53,110
1,600
83 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$53,010
400
84 Scheduled Air Transportation
$52,940
n/a
85 Air Transportation
$52,940
n/a
86 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,690
1,760
87 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$52,690
290
88 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$52,510
1,450
89 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$52,450
330
90 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,320
n/a
91 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$52,300
340
92 Chemical Manufacturing
$52,030
990
93 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$52,010
70
94 Building Equipment Contractors
$51,970
360
95 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$51,680
30
96 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$51,680
1,330
97 Hospitals - Privately owned
$51,490
700
98 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$51,450
1,110
99 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$51,400
300
100 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$51,290
930