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Working As A Set Designer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Stressful

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Set Designer Do At Universal Orlando

* As directed by the Show Producer, Creative Director, or the Production Designer, organizes and manages the development, organization and assembly of an overall show, high quality show set design package.
* The show set package articulates the Project's creative design intent and details the various show elements of an attraction, such as scenery, special effects, show action equipment, animated figures, props, animated props, audio equipment, lighting equipment and more.
* Organizes and manages in-house and external design resources.
* With the Show Producer, identifies talent and resources and requirements necessary to complete the project.
* During design, participates in design, cost, schedule and technical reviews.
* Responsible for developing creative design, color boards, sketching, drafting, and models and other creative output that outline solutions to integrate elements into a themed environment.
* Evaluates sightlines, visual intrusion and concealment of non-theatrical equipment within an "on-stage" environment.
* During construction, oversees contractors, develops in-field solutions and follow-up documentation.
* Ensures project completion of documentation of art and finish specifications, materials specification and design drawings.
* Establishes, builds, and maintains positive and productive team relationships based on open communication, trust and teamwork with project partners, departments, disciplines, and personnel.
* Communicates, inspires, and maintains project intent among all team-members.
* Responsible for the development and implementation of presentations and presentation artwork outlining creative goals and intent to gain internal and external approvals.
* Understand and actively participate in Environmental, Health & Safety responsibilities by following established UO policy, procedures, training and team member involvement activities.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Must be a creative thinker and problem solver with strong technical ability with various design techniques/tools such as show set / scenic design and drafting, 3D modeling, architectural design, and/or others.
* Must have strong communication and collaboration skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment

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Set Designer Career Paths

Set Designer
Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Director
5 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Owner
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Senior Designer
Design Director
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Freelance Art Director
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Freelance Designer
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Designer
Lead Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Creative Director & Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Senior Graphic Designer Owner
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Production Manager Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Manager Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Manager Owner
Owner And Founder
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Consultant Architect
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Computer Aided Design Designer Design Consultant
Senior Graphic Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Computer Aided Design Designer Senior Piping Designer
Principal Designer
10 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Manager Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Freelance Designer Industrial Designer
Senior Industrial Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Freelance Designer Product Designer
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Art Instructor Technical Instructor Maintenance Manager
Special Projects Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Art Instructor Instructional Designer Design Manager
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Visual Merchandiser Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Designer 3.1 years
Set Decorator 3.0 years
Associate Designer 2.3 years
Stage Set Designer 2.2 years
Set Designer 2.0 years
Junior Designer 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Set Designer
Internship 10.9%
Designer 6.9%
Artist 6.2%
Volunteer 4.8%
Director 4.3%
Cashier 4.0%
Actor 3.8%
Assistant 3.7%
Carpenter 3.3%
Server 3.3%
Top Careers After Set Designer
Designer 7.2%
Artist 6.9%
Internship 6.2%
Director 5.3%
Volunteer 3.5%
Server 3.5%
Cashier 3.5%
Assistant 2.9%
Painter 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$42,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
EPIC Technologies, LLC
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Set Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Set Designer in the United States is $74,773 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Set Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Set Designer/Set Manager Epic Production Technologies U.S. Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2010 $87,900
Set Designer/Set Manager Epic Production Technologies U.S. Inc. Oxnard, CA Sep 13, 2010 $87,900
Show Set Designer BRC Imagination Arts, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 19, 2016 $77,688
Set Designer/Theatrical Draftsperson Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc. Yonkers, NY Mar 01, 2011 $65,000
Broadcast Set & Branded Environments Designer Clickspring Design New York, NY Aug 04, 2015 $62,754
Set Designer Cisneros Studios LLC Medley, FL Sep 26, 2016 $55,350
Set Designers Ultima Design of South Florida, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 29, 2009 $51,200
Set Designer Thinkwell Group Inc. CA Oct 01, 2012 $50,297
Set Designer and Props Artisan Daedalus Design and Production Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2013 $50,088
Set/Intreior Designer Leon-Chambers Productions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2009 $50,088
Television's Graphic & Set Design Vien Thao Media Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2012 $48,693
Television's Graphic & Set Design Vien Thao Media Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 27, 2012 $48,693
Set Designer Cutaway Collective LLC New York, NY Jan 10, 2013 $47,000
Set Designer Cutaway Collective LLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2015 $47,000
Set Designer Royal Audio/Video Supply Company, Inc. Metairie, LA Apr 24, 2015 $46,218
Set Designer Royal Productions Metairie, LA Jul 10, 2015 $46,218
Set Designers Venevision Productions LLC Coral Gables, FL Apr 18, 2008 $46,200
Set Designer JUS Punjabi, LLC Islandia, NY Sep 22, 2013 $46,030
Set Designers POOK Diemont & Ohl, Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2008 $45,903
Set Design and Art Direction Wars New York, NY May 01, 2012 $45,000 -
$46,000
Filming Set Designer Caspen Media LLC Washington, DC Sep 14, 2014 $44,000
3D Set Designer/Foam Sculptor Chisel Productions, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 01, 2011 $43,000
Set Designers Ca State University, Dominguez Hills Carson, CA Mar 21, 2008 $42,300
Set Designer (Control Systems) PRG (California) Inc. New Windsor, NY Jul 25, 2016 $41,740
Set Designers Edward Albert Bennett New York, NY Sep 12, 2014 $41,469
Set Designer Black Dot Creative, Corp. NY Sep 11, 2014 $41,469
Set Designer Royal Audio Video Supply, Inc. Metairie, LA Sep 29, 2012 $40,824
3D Set Designer/Foam Sculptor Chisel Productions, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2013 $40,000 -
$50,000
Set Designer and Builder Tigertail Films, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Apr 14, 2011 $40,000

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Top Skills for A Set Designer

  1. Appropriate Architectural
  2. Set Design
  3. Production Meetings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted research to determine appropriate architectural and furnishing styles.
  • Set designing, set building, prop designing, prop building, scheduling, budgeting, supervise production crew, casting.
  • Attend all production meetings and develop a cohesive concept with the design team.
  • Provided scenic design consultation, color scheme development and art direction for 4 play productions throughout the year with director.
  • Created 3D visualizations and modeling for concept development and presentations.

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Set Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

45.0%

Male

43.2%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.2%

French

12.2%

German

7.3%

Italian

6.1%

Portuguese

4.9%

Chinese

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Mandarin

3.7%

Korean

3.7%

Turkish

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Kurdish

1.2%

Nepali

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Serbian

1.2%

Polish

1.2%
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Set Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.4%

School of Visual Arts

10.2%

New York University

6.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

6.6%

Academy of Art University

6.0%

Rhode Island School of Design

6.0%

Full Sail University

5.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

5.4%

University of Southern California

4.8%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

4.2%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.2%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Art Center College of Design

3.0%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

3.0%

Columbia College Chicago

3.0%

Temple University

3.0%

Columbus College of Art and Design

3.0%

San Diego State University

3.0%

California State University - Northridge

3.0%
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Majors

Graphic Design

17.7%

Fine Arts

15.6%

Photography

10.6%

Theatre

10.5%

Interior Design

9.0%

Communication

4.9%

Architecture

4.6%

Business

4.3%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.8%

English

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Entertainment Business

1.5%

Design And Visual Communication

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.8%

Other

20.0%

Masters

15.9%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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