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Salaries for Car Design

    Features

    • As of May 2010, commercial and industrial designers earned an annual mean wage of $61,890, according to the bureau. Salaries for this occupation ranged from $33,190 for the bottom 10 percent to $94,270 for the top 10 percent. The median annual wage for commercial and industrial designers was $58,230. The bureau calculated annual mean wages by multiplying the hourly mean wage of $29.76 by 2,080 -- the average number of hours worked by a “full-time, year-round” employee.

    Industries

    • Architectural and engineering services was the industry sector that reported the highest employment levels for commercial and industrial designers. In that sector, the annual mean wage was $69,910. Motor vehicle manufacturing was the highest-paying industry sector for commercial and industrial designers, with an annual mean wage of $88,280. As of May 2010, 28,670 commercial and industrial designers were working in the U.S., according to the bureau.

    Locations

    • Michigan was the state that reported the highest employment level for commercial and industrial designers. There, the annual mean wage was $72,000. Kansas was the highest-paying state for this occupation, reporting an annual mean wage of $84,990. Rounding out the five highest-paying states were: Oregon, at $78,300; Mississippi, at $76,280; Michigan and Massachusetts, at $69,920. Greensboro, N.C., was the highest-paying metropolitan area for commercial and industrial designers, with a mean annual wage of $92,630.

    Considerations

    • The bureau estimates that employment for commercial and industrial designers is expected to grow by 9 percent through the year 2018. While some job growth will occur because of an increase demand for new products, some design jobs are being outsourced overseas, the bureau notes. Competition for available jobs will be keen. Designers who can react to consumer demand will enjoy the best employment prospects.



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