Salary for Set and Exhibit Designers

Also known as:  Scenic Designer, Set Decorator, Set Designer, Stage Scenery Designer, Theater Set Production Designer

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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 or Exhibit Designer will most likely earn an average wage that can range from 40000 - 60000 depending on the level of experience. Set and Exhibit Designers can earn a salary of Fifty One Thousand Two Hundred dollars each year.

Set and Exhibit Designers can get the best compensation in Massachusetts, where they earn average compensation of close to $62600. People in this career group can receive the best pay in Public Administration, where they earn a compensation of $66840.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 27.90 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Set and Exhibit Designers tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $66,840
Public Administration $60,340
Manufacturing $58,590
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $54,340
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $50,170
Educational Services $48,330
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $42,810
Other Services (except Public Administration) $43,040
Educational Services $48,330
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $50,170
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $54,340
Manufacturing $58,590
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