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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations comprises the following occupations: Art Directors; Craft Artists; Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators; Special Effects 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; Miscellaneous Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers; Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys; News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists; Public Relations Specialists; Editors; Technical Writers; Writers and Authors; Interpreters and Translators; Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners; Media and Communication Workers, All Other; Audio and Video Technicians; Broadcast Technicians; Sound Engineering Technicians; Photographers; Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film; Film and Video Editors; Lighting Technicians and Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other


National estimates for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
Industry profile for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
Geographic profile for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

National estimates for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,857,500 0.7 % $ 30.96 $ 64,400 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.25 $ 16.82 $ 25.55 $ 37.93 $ 54.63
Annual Wage (2) $ 25,490 $ 34,980 $ 53,150 $ 78,900 $ 113,630


Industry profile for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 145,390 44.10 $ 43.40 $ 90,280
Radio and Television Broadcasting 126,220 62.12 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 115,750 25.50 $ 35.24 $ 73,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 103,410 3.41 $ 29.87 $ 62,120
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 81,950 29.92 $ 30.95 $ 64,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 126,220 62.12 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 26,280 54.28 $ 37.23 $ 77,440
Florists 24,660 46.84 $ 14.47 $ 30,090
Motion Picture and Video Industries 145,390 44.10 $ 43.40 $ 90,280
Specialized Design Services 58,410 43.26 $ 31.84 $ 66,220

Top paying industries for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,420 0.88 $ 48.38 $ 100,620
Natural Gas Distribution 300 0.28 $ 46.53 $ 96,780
Metal Ore Mining 40 0.11 $ 46.12 $ 95,930
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 19,240 0.92 $ 45.24 $ 94,100
Postal Service (federal government) 140 0.02 $ 44.07 $ 91,670


Geographic profile for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 294,960 17.95 1.34 $ 38.75 $ 80,590
New York 200,040 23.02 1.72 $ 41.83 $ 87,010
Texas 129,050 10.66 0.80 $ 26.17 $ 54,440
Florida 98,360 11.65 0.87 $ 26.14 $ 54,370
Illinois 68,690 12.21 0.91 $ 28.31 $ 58,890




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 39,240 57.10 4.28 $ 48.27 $ 100,400
New York 200,040 23.02 1.72 $ 41.83 $ 87,010
California 294,960 17.95 1.34 $ 38.75 $ 80,590
Vermont 4,910 17.48 1.31 $ 25.86 $ 53,790
Oregon 28,730 15.90 1.19 $ 29.16 $ 60,650




Top paying states for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 39,240 57.10 4.28 $ 48.27 $ 100,400
New York 200,040 23.02 1.72 $ 41.83 $ 87,010
California 294,960 17.95 1.34 $ 38.75 $ 80,590
Connecticut 19,210 12.47 0.93 $ 35.20 $ 73,210
New Jersey 42,400 11.21 0.84 $ 33.56 $ 69,810





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 200,760 22.73 1.70 $ 42.61 $ 88,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 163,890 28.15 2.11 $ 41.65 $ 86,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 72,860 24.11 1.81 $ 42.36 $ 88,120
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 57,170 13.11 0.98 $ 29.12 $ 60,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 46,700 17.74 1.33 $ 28.97 $ 60,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 45,630 12.71 0.95 $ 26.85 $ 55,840
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 45,070 19.34 1.45 $ 39.96 $ 83,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 38,830 14.93 1.12 $ 34.90 $ 72,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 35,100 17.95 1.34 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 32,130 11.91 0.89 $ 28.96 $ 60,230




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 163,890 28.15 2.11 $ 41.65 $ 86,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 72,860 24.11 1.81 $ 42.36 $ 88,120
Corvallis, OR 840 24.01 1.80 $ 31.31 $ 65,120
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 200,760 22.73 1.70 $ 42.61 $ 88,620
Missoula, MT 1,330 22.47 1.68 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
Boulder, CO 3,970 21.91 1.64 $ 31.93 $ 66,420
Lawrence, KS 940 20.92 1.57 $ 18.27 $ 37,990
Charlottesville, VA 2,210 20.52 1.54 $ 29.92 $ 62,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 45,070 19.34 1.45 $ 39.96 $ 83,120
Provo-Orem, UT 4,890 19.32 1.45 $ 21.35 $ 44,420