Salary for Set and Exhibit Designers

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Also known as:  Scenic Designer, Set Decorator, Set Designer, Stage Scenery Designer, Theater Set Production Designer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

In theaters, museums, and other public areas where performances or exhibits may take place, set and exhibit designers are responsible for the design, creation, cost, and appearance of sets and exhibits. They use their trade knowledge to create cost and time estimates, materials requirements, and to inspect completed sets and exhibits to ensure that they meet design specifications. These professionals often study the content of exhibits or shows and consult with relevant professionals including dramaturgs, directors, and producers to determine the time period, architectural style, and functionality required for the set or exhibit. They may plan for space related issues, including traffic flow, limited space, and safety. The majority of professionals in this field hold Bachelor's degrees.

A Set and Exhibit Designer can earn average salaries of between $30,180 and $106,230 depending on experience and domain knowledge. will normally receive average salaries of sixty-four thousand six hundred and ten dollars on a yearly basis.

make the most money in New York, where they can earn an average pay rate of near $84,730. People with this job title have the most lucrative average salary level in Information, which has an average salary rate of $75,610.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 62.85 percent nationwide in that time.


Set and Exhibit Designers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Retail Trade
Public Administration
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade
Educational Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing