Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Art Directors ; Craft Artists ; Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators ; Multimedia Artists and Animators ; Artists and Related Workers, All Other ; Commercial and Industrial Designers ; Fashion Designers ; Floral Designers ; Graphic Designers ; Interior Designers ; Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers ; Set and Exhibit Designers ; Designers, All Other ; Actors ; Producers and Directors ; Athletes and Sports Competitors ; Coaches and Scouts ; Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials ; Dancers ; Choreographers ; Music Directors and Composers ; Musicians and Singers ; Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other ; Radio and Television Announcers ; Public Address System and Other Announcers ; Broadcast News Analysts ; Reporters and Correspondents ; Public Relations Specialists ; Editors ; Technical Writers ; Writers and Authors ; Interpreters and Translators ; Media and Communication Workers, All Other ; Audio and Video Equipment Technicians ; Broadcast Technicians ; Radio Operators ; Sound Engineering Technicians ; Photographers ; Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture ; Film and Video Editors ; Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,843,600 0.5 % $27.39 $56,980 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.91 $14.41 $22.19 $33.66 $48.71
Annual Wage (2) $20,600 $29,980 $46,160 $70,020 $101,310


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 159,160 40.76 $39.52 $82,210
Radio and Television Broadcasting 121,870 54.97 $26.20 $54,490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 111,530 27.83 $26.95 $56,070
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 109,710 22.88 $34.04 $70,810
Elementary and Secondary Schools 91,180 1.09 $19.11 $39,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 29,540 55.74 $34.39 $71,520
Radio and Television Broadcasting 121,870 54.97 $26.20 $54,490
Specialized Design Services 60,020 45.64 $28.60 $59,480
Performing Arts Companies 53,540 44.69 $30.28 $62,980
Florists 28,750 44.54 $12.76 $26,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 200 0.09 $45.65 $94,940
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 9,670 1.05 $45.25 $94,120
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $43.15 $89,740
Postal Service 120 0.02 $41.00 $85,290
Oil and Gas Extraction 580 0.30 $40.54 $84,320


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)
California 296,230 19.12 1.43 $34.28 $71,300
New York 202,670 22.56 1.69 $36.66 $76,260
Texas 118,690 10.26 0.77 $24.96 $51,910
Florida 94,480 11.92 0.89 $23.57 $49,030
Illinois 68,810 11.76 0.88 $26.60 $55,330



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)
District of Columbia 32,270 47.74 3.57 $42.03 $87,420
New York 202,670 22.56 1.69 $36.66 $76,260
California 296,230 19.12 1.43 $34.28 $71,300
Vermont 5,220 17.19 1.29 $22.01 $45,780
Colorado 38,610 15.75 1.18 $24.04 $50,000



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 32,270 47.74 3.57 $42.03 $87,420
New York 202,670 22.56 1.69 $36.66 $76,260
California 296,230 19.12 1.43 $34.28 $71,300
Massachusetts 48,330 14.23 1.06 $29.16 $60,650
Maryland 30,670 11.81 0.88 $28.34 $58,940




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 168,920 26.07 1.95 $38.93 $80,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 147,440 35.93 2.69 $39.56 $82,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 58,440 24.17 1.81 $37.27 $77,520
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 48,380 13.55 1.01 $28.45 $59,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 35,920 14.48 1.08 $25.36 $52,740
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 30,200 17.14 1.28 $31.73 $66,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 29,020 18.89 1.41 $28.92 $60,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 28,640 9.78 0.73 $25.43 $52,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 27,910 11.98 0.90 $27.98 $58,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 26,460 14.07 1.05 $25.99 $54,070