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Set Designer Demographics in the US

The average employee age for set designers is 41 years. The set designer workforce reached a whopping 4,821 in 2020!

Among set designers, we discovered that 48.0% of them are women, while 46.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among set designers is White, which makes up 72.8% of all set designers. Comparatively, there are 11.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Set Designer Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 4,821 set designers currently employed in the United States.
  • 48.0% of all set designers are women, while only 46.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed set designer is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of set designers is White (72.8%), followed by Asian (11.3%) and Hispanic or Latino (9.8%).
  • The majority of set designers are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.
  • Set designers are most in-demand in Green Brook, NJ.
  • Set designers are paid an average annual salary of $49,832.
  • The media industry is the highest-paying for set designers.
  • San Jose, CA pays an annual average wage of $61,318, the highest in the US.
  • Set designers average starting salary is $33,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 91% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid set designers earn as much as $74,000 or more.
  • 26% of all set designers are LGBT.
  • Michigan is the best state for set designers to live.
  • Set designers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Set Designer Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among set designers is White, which makes up 72.8% of all set designers. Comparatively, there are 11.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 72.8%
  • Asian, 11.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.7%
  • Black or African American, 3.6%
  • Unknown, 2.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Set Designers

The chart below shows that 40.2% of set designers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.2% and German is the third-most popular at 7.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 40.2%
  • French, 12.2%
  • German, 7.3%
  • Italian, 6.1%
  • Portuguese, 4.9%
  • Other, 29.3%

Types of Set Designer Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for set designers. The most common degree for set designers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 62% of set designers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 13% and rounding it off is master's degree with 8%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 62%
  • Associate degree, 13%
  • Masters degree, 8%
  • High School Diploma degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 12%

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Set Designer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ set designers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most set designers is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire set designers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Set Designer Work In

Employees with the set designer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most set designers prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

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Public

Private

Education

Top Industries Hiring Set Designers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ set designers. Those industries include education, hospitality and retail.

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Education

Hospitality

Retail

Non Profits

Media

Set Designer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as set designers. Keep reading to find out what the results for set designers were.

Average Age of a Set Designer Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of set designers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Set Designer Stay in a Job

By looking over 1,161 set designers resumes, we figured out that the average set designer enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 34%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Set Designer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of set designer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of set designers is 40+ years old, which represents 49% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Set Designer Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, senior industrial designer and level designer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Fiber Artist11%82%
Floral Designer12%84%
Floral Manager13%83%
Set Designer47%48%
Exhibit Builder81%12%
Level Designer82%13%
Senior Industrial Designer83%9%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Senior Industrial Designer
Level Designer
Exhibit Builder
Set Designer
Floral Manager
Floral Designer
Fiber Artist
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Set Designers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to set designers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Scholar Athlete11.50%
Actress16.44%
Dancer20.85%
Set Designer25.97%
Fashion Illustrator28.86%
Director Of Entertainment35.05%
Medium37.57%

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Set Designer Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$53,130
female-income
Female Income
$48,118

Set Designer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$58,969
$56,374
$53,779
$51,184
$48,590
$45,995
$43,400
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Set Designer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Some College/ Associate Degree$53,756
Bachelor's Degree$56,374
Master's Degree$63,388

Set Designer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$70,868
$67,128
$63,388
$59,648
$55,908
$52,168
$48,428
$44,688
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Where Do Set Designers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where set designers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Set Designers Located?

By looking through more than 1,161 resumes, we found that the most popular places for set designers are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Set Designers