Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
32,250 2.2 % $46.46 $96,650 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.39 $28.34 $39.90 $57.78 $81.47
Annual Wage (2) $44,500 $58,950 $83,000 $120,190 $169,450


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 11,320 2.55 $48.04 $99,920
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,760 0.86 $38.71 $80,520
Specialized Design Services 2,900 2.37 $51.21 $106,520
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,660 0.71 $55.91 $116,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,350 0.06 $48.72 $101,330

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 11,320 2.55 $48.04 $99,920
Specialized Design Services 2,900 2.37 $51.21 $106,520
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,760 0.86 $38.71 $80,520
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,660 0.71 $55.91 $116,300
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.57 $46.37 $96,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $67.05 $139,470
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 250 0.18 $66.77 $138,880
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.03 $57.76 $120,140
Employment Services 140 (7) $57.26 $119,110
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $57.11 $118,800


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 7,160 0.83 3.41 $62.08 $129,130
California 5,900 0.40 1.65 $54.14 $112,600
Illinois 1,890 0.33 1.36 $38.90 $80,910
Texas 1,700 0.16 0.64 $37.03 $77,030
Pennsylvania 1,060 0.19 0.77 $40.56 $84,360




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 7,160 0.83 3.41 $62.08 $129,130
Connecticut 680 0.41 1.70 $37.66 $78,320
California 5,900 0.40 1.65 $54.14 $112,600
District of Columbia 240 0.35 1.45 $49.20 $102,330
Vermont 100 0.34 1.39 $34.46 $71,680




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 7,160 0.83 3.41 $62.08 $129,130
California 5,900 0.40 1.65 $54.14 $112,600
District of Columbia 240 0.35 1.45 $49.20 $102,330
Washington 650 0.23 0.95 $48.39 $100,650
Massachusetts 860 0.27 1.09 $48.10 $100,060





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 6,380 1.22 5.01 $63.93 $132,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,970 0.75 3.07 $56.16 $116,800
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.46 1.89 $39.67 $82,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.89 3.67 $60.38 $125,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 730 0.40 1.66 $42.35 $88,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 710 0.40 1.66 $48.82 $101,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 670 0.31 1.29 $40.73 $84,720
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 590 0.32 1.33 $45.01 $93,630
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.40 1.66 $47.11 $98,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 580 0.40 1.65 $49.37 $102,690




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 6,380 1.22 5.01 $63.93 $132,980
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 60 1.05 4.31 $27.11 $56,380
Boulder, CO 150 0.92 3.78 $49.85 $103,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.89 3.67 $60.38 $125,600
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 360 0.85 3.51 $38.31 $79,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,970 0.75 3.07 $56.16 $116,800
Kansas City, MO-KS 530 0.54 2.21 $40.96 $85,190
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 60 0.53 2.16 $32.51 $67,620
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 110 0.50 2.05 $44.32 $92,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.46 1.89 $39.67 $82,510




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 6,380 1.22 5.01 $63.93 $132,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.89 3.67 $60.38 $125,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.27 1.11 $59.45 $123,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,970 0.75 3.07 $56.16 $116,800
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.27 1.12 $55.40 $115,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.28 1.15 $52.45 $109,090
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 0.49 $51.76 $107,650
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.21 0.86 $50.11 $104,240
Boulder, CO 150 0.92 3.78 $49.85 $103,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 580 0.40 1.65 $49.37 $102,690

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.00 $22.85 $47,530
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 0.00 $38.69 $80,480

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 30 0.30 0.00 $38.69 $80,480
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.00 $22.85 $47,530

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 30 0.30 0.00 $38.69 $80,480
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.00 $22.85 $47,530


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014