Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-1011 Art Directors

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
31,570 2.7 % $45.32 $94,260 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.09 $27.81 $38.88 $56.29 $78.27
Annual Wage (2) $43,870 $57,830 $80,880 $117,090 $162,800


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,110 2.58 $46.94 $97,630
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,970 0.86 $37.88 $78,800
Specialized Design Services 2,980 2.56 $49.80 $103,590
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,400 0.67 $59.26 $123,260
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,190 0.06 $48.76 $101,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,110 2.58 $46.94 $97,630
Specialized Design Services 2,980 2.56 $49.80 $103,590
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,970 0.86 $37.88 $78,800
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,400 0.67 $59.26 $123,260
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 170 0.35 $50.26 $104,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 170 0.12 $73.79 $153,480
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.04 $65.22 $135,650
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.03 $61.36 $127,620
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,400 0.67 $59.26 $123,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 140 0.02 $55.97 $116,410


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,340 0.74 3.06 $61.97 $128,900
California 5,670 0.40 1.63 $53.69 $111,670
Illinois 1,820 0.32 1.33 $37.85 $78,720
Texas 1,690 0.16 0.66 $33.68 $70,040
Massachusetts 1,170 0.37 1.51 $44.25 $92,050




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,340 0.74 3.06 $61.97 $128,900
California 5,670 0.40 1.63 $53.69 $111,670
Massachusetts 1,170 0.37 1.51 $44.25 $92,050
Vermont 100 0.35 1.46 $34.07 $70,860
Oregon 570 0.35 1.46 $32.51 $67,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,340 0.74 3.06 $61.97 $128,900
California 5,670 0.40 1.63 $53.69 $111,670
Louisiana 110 0.06 0.25 $50.55 $105,140
Washington 710 0.26 1.06 $47.53 $98,860
Tennessee 300 0.11 0.46 $46.52 $96,770





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,940 1.15 4.75 $62.83 $130,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,830 0.73 3.02 $57.01 $118,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.45 1.87 $38.67 $80,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,010 0.59 2.44 $45.34 $94,310
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.96 3.98 $59.28 $123,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 730 0.42 1.72 $39.45 $82,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 630 0.45 1.85 $48.69 $101,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 590 0.25 1.04 $40.97 $85,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 570 0.27 1.12 $37.80 $78,610
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.37 1.54 $45.67 $95,000




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,940 1.15 4.75 $62.83 $130,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.96 3.98 $59.28 $123,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,830 0.73 3.02 $57.01 $118,590
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 290 0.71 2.93 $39.14 $81,400
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 40 0.70 2.89 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,010 0.59 2.44 $45.34 $94,310
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 60 0.50 2.06 $32.64 $67,880
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 460 0.46 1.89 $32.41 $67,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 630 0.45 1.85 $48.69 $101,280
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.45 1.87 $38.67 $80,430




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,940 1.15 4.75 $62.83 $130,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.96 3.98 $59.28 $123,310
Richmond, VA 190 0.32 1.34 $58.91 $122,540
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 140 0.19 0.80 $57.55 $119,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,830 0.73 3.02 $57.01 $118,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.25 1.03 $53.45 $111,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.30 1.22 $52.62 $109,450
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.23 0.93 $50.02 $104,050
Winston-Salem, NC 30 0.15 0.62 $49.51 $102,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 630 0.45 1.85 $48.69 $101,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.60 $37.60 $78,220
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.98 $22.06 $45,880

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.60 $37.60 $78,220
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.98 $22.06 $45,880

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.60 $37.60 $78,220
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.98 $22.06 $45,880


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013