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Highest Paying Industries for Other Designers

The top 82 highest paying industries for other 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 $90,530, software publishers is the highest paying industry for other designers. It is followed by finance and insurance industry (average annual salary $82,690). 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 other designers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 82 Highest Paying Industries for Other Designers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Software Publishers
$90,530
160
2 Finance and Insurance
$82,690
70
3 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$77,230
80
4 Scientific Research and Development Services
$77,230
80
5 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$77,170
60
6 Residential Building Construction
$76,020
30
7 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$70,310
40
8 Construction of Buildings
$67,660
70
9 Other Information Services
$67,240
50
10 Nonresidential Building Construction
$63,470
n/a
11 Specialized Design Services
$61,100
480
12 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$59,770
110
13 Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,770
110
14 Construction
$59,470
210
15 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$59,220
340
16 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$59,040
40
17 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$58,510
140
18 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$58,240
70
19 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$58,170
90
20 Temporary Help Services
$57,240
770
21 Employment Services
$56,460
840
22 Information
$55,330
1,030
23 Administrative and Support Services
$55,250
950
24 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,250
950
25 Health Care and Social Assistance
$55,130
40
26 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$55,120
220
27 Specialty Trade Contractors
$54,900
140
28 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$54,120
110
29 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$54,100
90
30 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$53,900
60
31 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$53,660
80
32 Nonstore Retailers
$53,660
80
33 Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$53,570
n/a
34 Building Equipment Contractors
$53,420
130
35 State government, including schools and hospitals
$53,040
120
36 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$53,020
60
37 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$52,740
80
38 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$52,680
510
39 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$52,230
630
40 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$52,230
630
41 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$51,860
60
42 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$51,290
50
43 Engineering Services
$51,030
170
44 Educational Services
$50,660
180
45 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$50,300
70
46 Educational Services - State government owned
$50,300
70
47 Educational Services - Privately owned
$50,120
90
48 Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$49,980
n/a
49 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$49,770
150
50 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$49,760
n/a
51 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$49,050
80
52 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,000
1,530
53 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,530
70
54 Wholesale Trade
$47,510
700
55 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$47,380
220
56 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$47,030
280
57 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$46,830
320
58 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$46,640
n/a
59 Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$46,050
80
60 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$45,200
270
61 Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$45,140
n/a
62 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$44,340
40
63 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$44,130
100
64 Manufacturing
$43,790
590
65 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$43,180
370
66 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$42,640
50
67 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$42,530
130
68 Newspaper Publishers
$42,510
150
69 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$42,110
180
70 Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$39,080
40
71 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$38,860
40
72 Other Support Services
$38,750
70
73 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$38,370
160
74 Wood Product Manufacturing
$37,880
50
75 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$34,110
200
76 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,060
40
77 Retail Trade
$32,410
610
78 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$31,260
310
79 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$30,470
70
80 Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$24,470
n/a
81 Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$24,000
70
82 Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$24,000
70
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