Set Designer Salary

set-designer-salary-chart.jpgSet designers design sets for theaters, television, and special exhibits. They cooperate with directors and study scripts and conduct architecture research.

Salary

The average salary of a set designer is $50,300. The bottom 10% earns about $25,180 yearly. The top 10% earns at least $87,390 annually. The median salary of set designers is $54,310.

The best industries for employment are motion picture and video industries (2,010 employed; $68,740 average); performing arts companies (1,050; $36,830); and museums, historical sites, and similar institutions (930; $50,880). The top paying industry is motion picture and video industries, paying on average $68,740 yearly.

The top three paying states are New York ($79,790), the District of Columbia ($69,050), and Nevada ($61,100).

Job Outlook

The outlook of set designers is expected to increase by 3% between 2012 and 2022, which is slower than average.

Set Designer Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $32,360 $61,090 $73,480 $54,620
Arizona $17,500 $33,760 $68,250 $42,780
California $28,200 $49,580 $88,910 $54,820
Colorado $28,480 $37,250 $71,790 $45,100
Connecticut $30,760 $43,980 $60,690 $45,180
Florida $17,890 $23,800 $61,970 $33,250
Georgia $21,460 $48,540 $72,370 $46,990
Hawaii $24,950 $34,660 $58,220 $38,320
Illinois $25,320 $44,450 $78,610 $47,640
Indiana $25,890 $39,960 $68,540 $43,170
Kentucky $19,910 $31,280 $62,840 $34,150
Louisiana $25,320 $64,460 $87,680 $58,020
Maryland $32,970 $60,960 $88,920 $60,820
Massachusetts $29,250 $64,840 $92,020 $63,250
Michigan $17,950 $28,470 $58,770 $32,740
Minnesota $26,000 $51,060 $59,870 $46,660
Missouri $34,200 $66,650 $77,450 $62,510
Nebraska $30,820 $36,640 $68,550 $43,510
New Jersey $33,020 $48,480 $72,650 $51,090
New Mexico $26,650 $51,270 $81,650 $53,460
New York $40,380 $74,170 $141,190 $79,790
North Carolina $31,980 $52,900 $73,560 $53,290
Ohio $31,110 $52,570 $81,420 $53,520
Oklahoma $16,320 $18,460 $31,710 $21,190
Oregon $37,010 $52,720 $59,450 $51,850
Pennsylvania $32,940 $45,910 $76,170 $51,860
South Carolina $20,470 $28,850 $60,780 $36,330
Tennessee $31,830 $53,270 $67,460 $60,020
Texas $17,600 $35,160 $74,710 $42,400
Utah $24,170 $35,300 $66,380 $39,670
Virginia $20,930 $41,140 $76,110 $45,660
Washington $26,700 $46,480 $81,900 $50,630
Wisconsin $19,860 $40,080 $72,820 $43,790