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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$29,010|
|25th Percentile Wage||$39,710|
|50th Percentile Wage||$53,090|
|75th Percentile Wage||$74,480|
|90th Percentile Wage||$98,470|
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 $98,470. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,010. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 239% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of set and exhibit designers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of set and exhibit designers in 12 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 $62,340. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $45,080).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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 $73,730. The highest paying state for set and exhibit designers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $73,730. 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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |