How Much Do Set and Exhibit Designers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Set and Exhibit Designers

Set and Exhibit Designers design special exhibits and sets for film, video, television, and theater productions. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$64610 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$30,180 to $38,790 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$15 to $19 per hour

Entry-level Set and Exhibit Designers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $30,180 to $38,790 per year or $15 to $19 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Set and Exhibit Designers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $51 $106,230
Senior (Top 25%) $40 $82,780
Middle (Mid 50%) $28 $58,180
Junior (Bottom 25%) $19 $38,790
No experience (Bottom 10%) $15 $30,180

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $41 $84,730
DC $37 $76,180
NV $36 $74,060
CA $35 $71,780
MD $34 $70,310
OR $32 $67,330
CT $30 $62,480
MA $30 $61,380
VA $29 $60,520
NC $27 $57,010

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Set and Exhibit Designer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Set and Exhibit Designers are in the states of NY, DC, NV, CA and MD.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $85400 $41.06
Federal Executive Branch $80480 $38.69
Motion Picture and Video Industries $75850 $36.47
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $62710 $30.15
Radio and Television Broadcasting $62180 $29.89
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $60070 $28.88
Amusement Parks and Arcades $59160 $28.44
Specialized Design Services $58090 $27.93
Performing Arts Companies $56500 $27.17
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $56430 $27.13
Management of Companies and Enterprises $56420 $27.13
Rental and Leasing Services $55950 $26.90
Junior Colleges $55290 $26.58
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $54570 $26.24
Other Support Services $54190 $26.05
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $53880 $25.90
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $51330 $24.68
Local Government $51040 $24.54
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $48020 $23.09
Elementary and Secondary Schools $47960 $23.06
State Government $47130 $22.66
Other Schools and Instruction $43890 $21.10
Building Finishing Contractors $39490 $18.99
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $33410 $16.06

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