Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
33,140 2.0 % $47.05 $97,850 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.66 $29.10 $41.16 $58.57 $80.79
Annual Wage (2) $45,060 $60,520 $85,610 $121,830 $168,040


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 11,500 2.43 $49.53 $103,030
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,840 0.91 $38.87 $80,850
Specialized Design Services 2,870 2.28 $51.83 $107,820
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,390 0.63 $54.95 $114,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,440 0.07 $49.46 $102,870

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 11,500 2.43 $49.53 $103,030
Specialized Design Services 2,870 2.28 $51.83 $107,820
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,840 0.91 $38.87 $80,850
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 360 0.67 $43.80 $91,100
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,390 0.63 $54.95 $114,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 70 0.06 $63.51 $132,100
Employment Services 100 (7) $59.70 $124,180
Software Publishers 450 0.15 $59.19 $123,120
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 410 0.28 $57.10 $118,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $56.68 $117,900


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 7,180 0.82 3.32 $60.05 $124,910
California 5,940 0.39 1.60 $56.62 $117,780
Texas 1,900 0.17 0.69 $38.01 $79,070
Illinois 1,530 0.27 1.08 $43.13 $89,710
Pennsylvania 1,250 0.22 0.90 $37.01 $76,970



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 7,180 0.82 3.32 $60.05 $124,910
Connecticut 640 0.39 1.59 $39.54 $82,240
California 5,940 0.39 1.60 $56.62 $117,780
Oregon 600 0.36 1.45 $34.01 $70,750
District of Columbia 240 0.35 1.44 $49.55 $103,070



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 7,180 0.82 3.32 $60.05 $124,910
California 5,940 0.39 1.60 $56.62 $117,780
Massachusetts 760 0.23 0.93 $52.26 $108,690
District of Columbia 240 0.35 1.44 $49.55 $103,070
Washington 680 0.24 0.96 $49.32 $102,590




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 6,360 1.18 4.81 $61.68 $128,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.74 3.02 $58.66 $122,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.36 1.48 $44.33 $92,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.91 3.70 $64.60 $134,370
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 690 0.37 1.52 $39.42 $81,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.28 1.16 $42.01 $87,390
Kansas City, MO-KS 630 0.63 2.55 $44.10 $91,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.33 1.35 $40.53 $84,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 560 0.38 1.54 $50.60 $105,260
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 560 0.31 1.28 $55.23 $114,870



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 6,360 1.18 4.81 $61.68 $128,290
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 70 1.15 4.67 $27.60 $57,400
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.91 3.70 $64.60 $134,370
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 350 0.82 3.34 $40.15 $83,510
Boulder, CO 130 0.79 3.21 $48.99 $101,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.74 3.02 $58.66 $122,020
Kansas City, MO-KS 630 0.63 2.55 $44.10 $91,730
Richmond, VA 340 0.54 2.22 (8) (8)
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 480 0.54 2.20 $37.08 $77,130
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 510 0.48 1.96 $34.94 $72,670



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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.91 3.70 $64.60 $134,370
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,360 1.18 4.81 $61.68 $128,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.21 0.87 $61.37 $127,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.74 3.02 $58.66 $122,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.27 1.10 $57.41 $119,410
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 560 0.31 1.28 $55.23 $114,870
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 150 0.15 0.59 $51.86 $107,860
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.18 0.73 $51.63 $107,400
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 560 0.38 1.54 $50.60 $105,260
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 320 0.24 0.98 $50.46 $104,950

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 0.35 1.43 $34.69 $72,150

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 0.35 1.43 $34.69 $72,150

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 0.35 1.43 $34.69 $72,150


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015