Designers

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Total Workforce

786k

Average Age

40.5

Estimated Job Growth

3.16%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$55,731

Average Male Salary

$65,502

Average Female Salary

$47,198

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Designers are most often employed by the Specialized design services industry. The average yearly wage for Designers was $55,731 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Designers by wage are Heavy vehicle & mobile equipment service technicians & mechanics, Electrical & electronics repairers, transportation equipment, & industrial & utility, and Radio & telecommunications equipment installers & repairers.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Designers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Specialized design services is the industry that employs the most Designers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Designers, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Designers are paid most in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Chelsea, Clinton & Midtown Business District PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$55,731

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,378

In 2017, Designers earned an average of $55,731, $3,666 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Radio & telecommunications equipment installers & repairers make somewhat more than Designers while Heavy vehicle & mobile equipment service technicians & mechanics make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Designers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.401

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Designers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.401, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Designers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Designers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Designers, by number of employees, are Specialized design services, Architectural, engineering & related services, and Retail florists.

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Industries by Share

786k

2017 Workforce

± 21,709

0.00687%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.91%

The number of people employed as Designers has been growing at a rate of 0.00687%, from 786,017 people in 2016 to 786,071 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Designers employed by various industries. Specialized design services employs the largest share of Designers at  20.1%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 7.99% and Retail florists with 4.87%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Designers in the US. The average age of male Designers in the workforce is 41.3 and of female Designers is 39.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Designers is White.

Gender Composition

366k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 14,844

420k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 15,881

53.4% of Designers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Designers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Designers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

79.9% of Designers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.89% of Designers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Designers.

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Age by Gender

41.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.527

39.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.523

The median age of Designers is 40.5, and Male employees are generally 1.47 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Designers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Designers is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Designers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Designers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Designers need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Speaking, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Designers need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Management of Financial Resources, and Management of Material Resources.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Designers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Designers are expected to see a growth of 3.16% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

3.16%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Designers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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