Set and Exhibit Designers Salary Information

The salary statistics of set and exhibit designers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of set and exhibit designers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The set and exhibit designers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Set and Exhibit Designers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,310
25th Percentile Wage
$36,690
50th Percentile Wage
$50,990
75th Percentile Wage
$73,330
90th Percentile Wage
$97,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for set and exhibit designers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) set and exhibit designers is $97,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,310. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 269% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of set and exhibit designers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,9902.86%1.35%
201549,530-0.57%-
201449,810-0.38%-
201350,000-0.60%-
201250,300--

Table 2. Set and Exhibit Designers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of set and exhibit designers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for set and exhibit designers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $61,540. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $44,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$61,540
Manufacturing
$60,950
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,760
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,060
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,640
Retail Trade
$47,620
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,060
Educational Services
$44,360
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,010

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Set and Exhibit Designers by States

From the above tables we note that not only set and exhibit designers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of set and exhibit designers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $28,780 to $72,440. The highest paying state for set and exhibit designers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $72,440. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $28,780. For more salary information of set and exhibit designers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$72,440
Connecticut
$66,890
New York
$60,660
Oregon
$59,440
Georgia
$57,730
Tennessee
$56,940
Kentucky
$54,390
California
$53,100
Washington
$52,160
Maryland
$50,780
Illinois
$50,360
Michigan
$49,280
Missouri
$48,930
Minnesota
$48,680
New Jersey
$47,760
Massachusetts
$47,530
Texas
$46,280
Colorado
$46,180
Wisconsin
$44,740
Indiana
$44,570
Alabama
$43,630
Utah
$42,350
New Mexico
$41,500
Pennsylvania
$40,590
Nevada
$40,230
Nebraska
$38,540
North Carolina
$38,400
Ohio
$38,250
Virginia
$37,670
Florida
$37,420
Oklahoma
$36,460
Louisiana
$36,370
Iowa
$35,820
South Carolina
$35,250
Arizona
$34,830
Arkansas
$28,780


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