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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-1011 Art Directors

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design. Excludes "Set and Exhibit Designers" (27-1027).


National estimates for Art Directors
Industry profile for Art Directors
Geographic profile for Art Directors

National estimates for Art Directors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Art Directors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
40,950 2.2 % $ 55.04 $ 114,490 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Art Directors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 26.22 $ 34.43 $ 46.77 $ 65.53 $ 95.79
Annual Wage (2) $ 54,530 $ 71,610 $ 97,270 $ 136,310 $ 199,250


Industry profile for Art Directors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Art Directors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Art Directors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Art Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,610 2.56 $ 57.80 $ 120,230
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,580 1.09 $ 68.02 $ 141,480
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,980 1.09 $ 47.33 $ 98,440
Specialized Design Services 2,790 2.07 $ 53.49 $ 111,250
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,700 0.18 $ 51.34 $ 106,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Art Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,610 2.56 $ 57.80 $ 120,230
Specialized Design Services 2,790 2.07 $ 53.49 $ 111,250
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,980 1.09 $ 47.33 $ 98,440
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,580 1.09 $ 68.02 $ 141,480
Performing Arts Companies 630 0.62 $ 41.50 $ 86,310

Top paying industries for Art Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 150 0.20 $ 71.95 $ 149,650
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,580 1.09 $ 68.02 $ 141,480
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 200 0.41 $ 66.70 $ 138,730
Insurance Carriers 70 0.01 $ 63.38 $ 131,830
Other Food Manufacturing 30 0.01 $ 63.07 $ 131,180


Geographic profile for Art Directors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Art Directors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Art Directors, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Art Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,440 0.51 1.75 $ 67.66 $ 140,740
New York 7,670 0.88 3.00 $ 68.37 $ 142,210
Illinois 2,660 0.47 1.61 $ 53.79 $ 111,880
Texas 2,280 0.19 0.64 $ 38.77 $ 80,640
Florida 1,690 0.20 0.68 $ 46.08 $ 95,840




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Art Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,670 0.88 3.00 $ 68.37 $ 142,210
District of Columbia 420 0.61 2.06 $ 47.54 $ 98,890
Oregon 1,040 0.57 1.95 $ 55.32 $ 115,070
California 8,440 0.51 1.75 $ 67.66 $ 140,740
Illinois 2,660 0.47 1.61 $ 53.79 $ 111,880




Top paying states for Art Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,670 0.88 3.00 $ 68.37 $ 142,210
California 8,440 0.51 1.75 $ 67.66 $ 140,740
New Jersey 1,370 0.36 1.23 $ 58.63 $ 121,940
Oregon 1,040 0.57 1.95 $ 55.32 $ 115,070
Washington 1,050 0.33 1.12 $ 54.62 $ 113,610





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Art Directors:

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 8,270 0.94 3.18 $ 68.39 $ 142,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,740 0.81 2.77 $ 70.71 $ 147,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,560 0.59 1.99 $ 53.93 $ 112,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,590 0.68 2.32 $ 69.55 $ 144,660
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,060 0.41 1.38 $ 53.80 $ 111,910
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,010 0.37 1.27 $ 49.61 $ 103,180
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 980 0.50 1.70 $ 55.55 $ 115,540
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 940 0.26 0.89 $ 38.31 $ 79,680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 0.84 2.86 $ 62.49 $ 129,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 900 0.79 2.67 $ 56.77 $ 118,090




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Art Directors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 250 1.40 4.74 $ 49.06 $ 102,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,270 0.94 3.18 $ 68.39 $ 142,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 0.84 2.86 $ 62.49 $ 129,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,740 0.81 2.77 $ 70.71 $ 147,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 900 0.79 2.67 $ 56.77 $ 118,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,590 0.68 2.32 $ 69.55 $ 144,660
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 230 0.62 2.12 $ 48.09 $ 100,020
Portland-South Portland, ME 120 0.59 2.01 $ 41.61 $ 86,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,560 0.59 1.99 $ 53.93 $ 112,180
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 0.51 1.72 $ 47.80 $ 99,420




Top paying metropolitan areas for Art Directors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,740 0.81 2.77 $ 70.71 $ 147,070
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,590 0.68 2.32 $ 69.55 $ 144,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,270 0.94 3.18 $ 68.39 $ 142,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 0.84 2.86 $ 62.49 $ 129,990
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.23 0.77 $ 60.49 $ 125,820
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.16 0.55 $ 59.24 $ 123,220
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.17 0.59 $ 59.03 $ 122,770
Trenton, NJ 60 0.27 0.92 $ 57.66 $ 119,930
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 80 0.06 0.22 $ 57.03 $ 118,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 900 0.79 2.67 $ 56.77 $ 118,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Art Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.01 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Art Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.01 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Art Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.74 $ 66,010


About May 2020 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 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021