Average Set Designer Salary
$49,000 yearly
$17.50 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$33,000
10 %
$49,000
Median
$74,000
90 %
The average set designer makes about $49,832 per year. That's $23.96 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $33,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $74,000. Many of set designers seem to be drawn to education and hospitality companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case set designers tend to work at media, education, and retail companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Alaska, Michigan and New York pay set designers the highest salaries.

Average Set Designer Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where set designers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Set Designer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$39,372
$39,372
$18.93
$18.93
Alaska
Alaska
$66,880
$66,880
$32.15
$32.15
Arizona
Arizona
$39,582
$39,582
$19.03
$19.03
Arkansas
Arkansas
$59,511
$59,511
$28.61
$28.61
California
California
$54,138
$54,138
$26.03
$26.03
Colorado
Colorado
$52,559
$52,559
$25.27
$25.27
Connecticut
Connecticut
$52,948
$52,948
$25.46
$25.46
Delaware
Delaware
$51,383
$51,383
$24.70
$24.70
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$50,459
$50,459
$24.26
$24.26
Florida
Florida
$43,579
$43,579
$20.95
$20.95
Georgia
Georgia
$57,051
$57,051
$27.43
$27.43
Hawaii
Hawaii
$49,452
$49,452
$23.77
$23.77
Idaho
Idaho
$42,938
$42,938
$20.64
$20.64
Illinois
Illinois
$55,659
$55,659
$26.76
$26.76
Indiana
Indiana
$41,122
$41,122
$19.77
$19.77
Iowa
Iowa
$54,927
$54,927
$26.41
$26.41
Kansas
Kansas
$55,040
$55,040
$26.46
$26.46
Kentucky
Kentucky
$52,531
$52,531
$25.26
$25.26
Louisiana
Louisiana
$50,734
$50,734
$24.39
$24.39
Maine
Maine
$42,780
$42,780
$20.57
$20.57
Maryland
Maryland
$55,246
$55,246
$26.56
$26.56
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$53,054
$53,054
$25.51
$25.51
Michigan
Michigan
$61,336
$61,336
$29.49
$29.49
Minnesota
Minnesota
$40,903
$40,903
$19.66
$19.66
Mississippi
Mississippi
$51,357
$51,357
$24.69
$24.69
Missouri
Missouri
$52,907
$52,907
$25.44
$25.44
Montana
Montana
$50,725
$50,725
$24.39
$24.39
Nebraska
Nebraska
$52,695
$52,695
$25.33
$25.33
Nevada
Nevada
$49,815
$49,815
$23.95
$23.95
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$52,225
$52,225
$25.11
$25.11
New Jersey
New Jersey
$59,260
$59,260
$28.49
$28.49
New Mexico
New Mexico
$59,200
$59,200
$28.46
$28.46
New York
New York
$59,994
$59,994
$28.84
$28.84
North Carolina
North Carolina
$39,757
$39,757
$19.11
$19.11
North Dakota
North Dakota
$51,575
$51,575
$24.80
$24.80
Ohio
Ohio
$53,914
$53,914
$25.92
$25.92
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$59,982
$59,982
$28.84
$28.84
Oregon
Oregon
$51,788
$51,788
$24.90
$24.90
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$43,440
$43,440
$20.88
$20.88
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$53,349
$53,349
$25.65
$25.65
South Carolina
South Carolina
$50,281
$50,281
$24.17
$24.17
South Dakota
South Dakota
$52,058
$52,058
$25.03
$25.03
Tennessee
Tennessee
$58,714
$58,714
$28.23
$28.23
Texas
Texas
$58,130
$58,130
$27.95
$27.95
Utah
Utah
$51,400
$51,400
$24.71
$24.71
Vermont
Vermont
$50,209
$50,209
$24.14
$24.14
Virginia
Virginia
$41,429
$41,429
$19.92
$19.92
Washington
Washington
$50,540
$50,540
$24.30
$24.30
West Virginia
West Virginia
$53,558
$53,558
$25.75
$25.75
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$41,520
$41,520
$19.96
$19.96
Wyoming
Wyoming
$39,305
$39,305
$18.90
$18.90

Highest Paying Cities For Set Designer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
$61,318
$61,318
$29.48
$29.48
New York, NY
New York, NY
$60,203
$60,203
$28.94
$28.94
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
$57,386
$57,386
$27.59
$27.59
Metairie, LA
Metairie, LA
$50,321
$50,321
$24.19
$24.19
Orlando, FL
Orlando, FL
$43,778
$43,778
$21.05
$21.05

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Location

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Graphic Designer

    Avg. salary: $45,771

    Graphic designers are visual communicators who create graphic ideas to deliver a message through art and images which inspire, inform, and motivate consumers with the use of computer software, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign or by hand. They have the ability to design stunning illustrations that are easily understood, even without a lot of thinking or based on the demand of their clients. It is very crucial to them as well to be flexible and to stay on top of the design trends. They create websites, posters, packaging, logos, advertising, and marketing materials, depending on the nature of the business.
    29,475 Graphic Designer Jobs
    Production Designer

    Avg. salary: $58,379

    A production designer is responsible for monitoring the visual presentation of a media or theatre production, ensuring the set's adherence to the theme, and presenting visual elements according to the production requirements. Production designers research the current industry trends for creative ideas that would attract the audience, creating outstanding visual pictures throughout the production. In most cases, production designers also operate software systems and tools to suggest graphic effects and support the artistic team for deliverables. A production designer develops all visual plans within the budget goals and discusses adjustments to the production management team as needed.
    53,638 Production Designer Jobs
    Exhibition Designer

    Avg. salary: $47,517

    An exhibition designer creates appealing and creative display stands, meeting the practical, budgetary, and aesthetic requirements. Besides organizing and participating in meetings, explaining design issues, and producing competitive and realistic quotes, exhibition designers also respond to clients' queries and transport their display 'stands' to the required exhibition venues. They deliver finished display stands to clients for reviewing, erecting, and dismantling the stands at different locations and create sketches and 3D computer-produced images. Also, they negotiate and agree on time-scales and budgets.
    29,422 Exhibition Designer Jobs
    Freelance Designer

    Avg. salary: $67,072

    Freelance designers are creative, independent contractors who create visual and graphic designs for their clients. They develop text and illustrated versions of brands, messages, and communications with strong visible influence with their clients. Typical activities include networking, seeking projects, and negotiating prices to their customers. They manage client proposals, develop concepts, present solutions, and ensure the timely completion of projects. Freelance visual and graphic designers are creative, self-motivated as well as result and deadline oriented.
    29,399 Freelance Designer Jobs
    Interior Designer

    Avg. salary: $54,782

    An interior designer helps people decorate their rooms and spaces, creating the most functional and beautiful area as possible. They sit with clients to plan desired goals, visualize the space's functions, and sketch the design plan. Then, they pick and order materials and furnishings needed for the project. Additionally, they create a project timeline, estimate cost, and supervise the construction and installation. They follow-up with clients to guarantee their satisfaction once the project is completed. Interior designers should have an understanding of building and construction as well as public safety and security. They must be flexible in their time since they work to meet client needs.
    27,742 Interior Designer Jobs
    Designer

    Avg. salary: $59,950

    A designer is someone who creates a master plan of the look or workings of something before it will be made. It could be tangible or intangible objects, products, procedures, laws, events, games, graphics, services, and even experiences. Designers are creative thinkers with a great eye to configure the skeletal and structural properties of the targeted output. They work in several fields, such as fashion, architecture, web graphics, and user experience. In spite of the variety of professionals in the design industry, all of them are artistic, passionate, inspiring, and emotionally connected to their projects and brands.
    31,382 Designer Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Set Designers The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like EPIC Technologies and BlackDot as they offer the highest salaries for set designers.
    Company

    Recently Added Set Designer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
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    Theater Set Designer
    Theater Set Designer
    Theater Set Designer
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    08/11/2020
    08/11/2020
    $60,029
    $60,029
    08/11/2020
    Designer, Show/Set
    Designer, Show/Set
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
    06/26/2020
    06/26/2020
    $77,788
    $77,788
    06/26/2020
    Maitland 175 Inc.
    Maitland 175 Inc.
    Set Designer
    Set Designer
    Set Designer
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
    05/20/2020
    05/20/2020
    $51,000
    $51,000
    05/20/2020
    Production Resource Group, LLC
    Production Resource Group, LLC
    Set Designer (Control Systems)
    Set Designer (Control Systems)
    Set Designer (Control Systems)
    New Windsor, NY
    New Windsor, NY
    05/19/2020
    05/19/2020
    $60,029
    $60,029
    05/19/2020
    Eagle Vision Entertainment Studio
    Eagle Vision Entertainment Studio
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
    07/08/2019
    07/08/2019
    $46,010
    $46,010
    07/08/2019
    Eagle Vision Entertainment Studio
    Eagle Vision Entertainment Studio
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
    04/01/2019
    04/01/2019
    $80,000
    $80,000
    04/01/2019
    Yu and Co.
    Yu and Co.
    Set Designer
    Set Designer
    Set Designer
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    03/18/2019
    03/18/2019
    $52,000
    $52,000
    03/18/2019
    Yu and Co.
    Yu and Co.
    Set Designer
    Set Designer
    Set Designer
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    03/05/2019
    03/05/2019
    $37,566
    $37,566
    03/05/2019
    BRC Imagination Arts Inc.
    BRC Imagination Arts Inc.
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Burbank, CA
    Burbank, CA
    12/28/2018
    12/28/2018
    $90,000
    $90,000
    12/28/2018
    BRC Imagination Arts Inc.
    BRC Imagination Arts Inc.
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Show Set Designer
    Burbank, CA
    Burbank, CA
    12/28/2018
    12/28/2018
    $90,000
    $90,000
    12/28/2018

    Average Set Designer Salary by Demographic

    Set Designer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $53,130
    female-income
    Female Income
    $48,118
    Median Set Designer Income by Race
    Asian set designers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino set designers have the lowest average salary at $48,390.
    $55,000
    $53,000
    $51,000
    $49,000
    $47,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$49,587
    Black or African American$49,812
    Asian$53,715
    Unknown$51,616
    Hispanic or Latino$48,390
    Average Set Designer Salary by Education Level
    Set designers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $59,741 annually. With a Bachelors degree, set designers earn a median annual income of $53,130 compared to $50,663 for set designers with an Associate degree.
    $61,000
    $59,000
    $57,000
    $55,000
    $53,000
    $51,000
    $49,000
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Some College/ Associate Degree$50,663
    Bachelor's Degree$53,130
    Master's Degree$59,741