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Set and Exhibit Designers


Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

Common Tasks

  • Examine objects to be included in exhibits in order to plan where and how to display them.
  • Acquire, or arrange for acquisition of, specimens or graphics required to complete exhibits.
  • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
  • Confer with clients and staff in order to gather information about exhibit space, proposed themes and content, timelines, budgets, materials, and/or promotion requirements.
  • Estimate set- or exhibit-related costs including materials, construction, and rental of props or locations.

Required Education

Bachelor's degree


In 2016 the mean hourly wage in the Greater Sacramento area was $24.03 . The hourly rate for this occupation typically paid between $15.53 and $38.26 .

In 2016 the mean annual salary in the Greater Sacramento area was $49,984.06 . The annual salary for this occupation typically paid between $32,311.59 and $79,586.96 .

Occupation Outlook

This occupation employed 3,700 people in California during 2014.

By 2024, there is expected to be an increase of 10.8% in the number of jobs in California for this occupation, bringing to total number to 4,100.

By 2024, in California, the median hourly rate for this occupation is expected to be $23.00 with the median annual salary reaching $49,852.

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