Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

27-1012 Craft Artists

Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.


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)
4,760 6.7 % $17.45 $36,300 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.82 $10.86 $14.94 $21.44 $30.00
Annual Wage (2) $18,360 $22,600 $31,080 $44,590 $62,400


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)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,850 3.45 $17.59 $36,590
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 350 0.89 $14.70 $30,580
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 350 0.07 $22.06 $45,890
Performing Arts Companies 250 0.21 $17.71 $36,840
Motion Picture and Video Industries 230 0.06 $19.59 $40,750

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 1,850 3.45 $17.59 $36,590
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 350 0.89 $14.70 $30,580
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 180 0.22 $18.09 $37,630
Performing Arts Companies 250 0.21 $17.71 $36,840
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 40 0.12 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 350 0.07 $22.06 $45,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 (7) $22.00 $45,760
Motion Picture and Video Industries 230 0.06 $19.59 $40,750
Specialized Design Services 60 0.05 $18.92 $39,360
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 150 0.10 $18.42 $38,310


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 480 0.03 0.90 $24.68 $51,330
Texas 460 0.04 1.16 $14.11 $29,340
Illinois 420 0.07 2.06 $21.28 $44,250
Ohio 340 0.07 1.86 $13.62 $28,330
New York 330 0.04 1.06 $21.02 $43,710



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)
Wyoming 60 0.20 5.75 $14.57 $30,300
Alaska 40 0.12 3.39 $19.72 $41,020
Vermont 30 0.10 2.89 $14.53 $30,230
South Dakota 40 0.10 2.79 $13.86 $28,830
Utah 90 0.07 1.90 $13.76 $28,620



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 480 0.03 0.90 $24.68 $51,330
Illinois 420 0.07 2.06 $21.28 $44,250
Minnesota 90 0.03 0.94 $21.25 $44,200
New York 330 0.04 1.06 $21.02 $43,710
Alaska 40 0.12 3.39 $19.72 $41,020




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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.10 2.97 $21.20 $44,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 1.83 $30.69 $63,830
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 1.88 $20.00 $41,610
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 100 0.12 3.48 $16.16 $33,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 0.04 1.21 $21.00 $43,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 80 0.03 0.76 $14.20 $29,530
Columbus, OH 60 0.06 1.81 $15.52 $32,280
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 60 0.06 1.82 $14.45 $30,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.05 1.52 (8) (8)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 40 0.05 1.51 $16.89 $35,130



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)
Anchorage, AK 30 0.19 5.49 $17.71 $36,830
Winston-Salem, NC 30 0.16 4.57 $12.47 $25,930
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 100 0.12 3.48 $16.16 $33,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.10 2.97 $21.20 $44,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 1.88 $20.00 $41,610
Oklahoma City, OK 40 0.07 1.86 $13.97 $29,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 1.83 $30.69 $63,830
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 60 0.06 1.82 $14.45 $30,060
Columbus, OH 60 0.06 1.81 $15.52 $32,280
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.05 1.52 (8) (8)



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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 1.83 $30.69 $63,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.45 $44,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.10 2.97 $21.20 $44,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.15 $43,990
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.14 $43,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 0.04 1.21 $21.00 $43,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 1.88 $20.00 $41,610
Anchorage, AK 30 0.19 5.49 $17.71 $36,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $17.63 $36,680
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 40 0.05 1.51 $16.89 $35,130

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 7.01 $19.05 $39,620
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 5.50 (8) (8)

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 7.01 $19.05 $39,620
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 5.50 (8) (8)

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 7.01 $19.05 $39,620
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.76 $32,780


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