A Set Designer earns an average wage of $19.34 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$40,000 - $62,835
(Median)
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$60K
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MEDIAN: $59,535
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$9.86 - $52.64
(Median)
$9
$19
$53
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,535  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$21,011 - $124,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $52.64  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$21,011 - $124,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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Job Description for Set Designer

Set designers are vital to almost all entertainment productions. Their job is to make a scene come to life, from the beautiful landscapes of outdoor scenes to the furniture and lighting of indoor scenes. They must read and analyze scripts, story lines, and other materials relevant to their production to define the style and surroundings of the scenes. They are often required to source items from a particular place or era of production, such as antique items for a production which takes place in the early 20th century. This can mean many hours at yard sales, thrift stores, or online auctions, and close attention to detail and great imagination are essential for the position.

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Experience Affects Set Designer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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