Designers Salary in Sector of Construction

The salary statistics of designers in the industry sector of construction are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare designers salaries in different industries within the construction sector.

Average Annual Salary of Designers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for designers in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) designers is $92,210. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $51,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid designers is $29,600.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of designers in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
-0.21% 13.57%
1.35% -
5.25% -
4.69% -
3.20% -
- -

Compare Designers Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of designers in 16 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for designers occupations is the utility system construction industry with an annual salary $67,750. The lowest paying industry is the other specialty trade contractors industry (annual salary $32,740). For detailed designers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Utility System Construction
Other Building Equipment Contractors
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Building Equipment Contractors
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Nonresidential Building Construction
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Construction of Buildings
Residential Building Construction
Land Subdivision
Specialty Trade Contractors
Building Finishing Contractors
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


Highest paying industries for designers.