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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-1013 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.


National estimates for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Industry profile for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Geographic profile for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

National estimates for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,070 7.3 % $ 31.26 $ 65,020 6.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.41 $ 15.00 $ 25.16 $ 37.70 $ 59.09
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,570 $ 31,200 $ 52,340 $ 78,410 $ 122,900


Industry profile for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,640 5.45 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,340 0.71 $ 45.59 $ 94,830
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 620 0.19 $ 23.09 $ 48,030
Specialized Design Services 340 0.25 $ 25.75 $ 53,550
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 330 0.01 $ 31.21 $ 64,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,640 5.45 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,340 0.71 $ 45.59 $ 94,830
Specialized Design Services 340 0.25 $ 25.75 $ 53,550
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 620 0.19 $ 23.09 $ 48,030
Performing Arts Companies 110 0.10 $ 27.05 $ 56,260

Top paying industries for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 80 (7) $ 46.72 $ 97,170
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,340 0.71 $ 45.59 $ 94,830
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $ 38.58 $ 80,250
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 180 0.04 $ 38.57 $ 80,220
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 180 0.01 $ 37.56 $ 78,130


Geographic profile for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,320 0.14 1.78 $ 41.27 $ 85,840
Pennsylvania 1,350 0.24 3.07 (8) (8)
New York 1,310 0.15 1.89 (8) (8)
Florida 710 0.08 1.06 $ 22.80 $ 47,420
Texas 510 0.04 0.53 $ 25.08 $ 52,170




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 1,350 0.24 3.07 (8) (8)
New York 1,310 0.15 1.89 (8) (8)
Oregon 260 0.15 1.84 $ 25.93 $ 53,940
California 2,320 0.14 1.78 $ 41.27 $ 85,840
Utah 200 0.13 1.66 $ 23.05 $ 47,950




Top paying states for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,320 0.14 1.78 $ 41.27 $ 85,840
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.66 $ 39.38 $ 81,910
New Jersey 140 0.04 0.47 $ 34.75 $ 72,280
Massachusetts 260 0.08 0.99 $ 32.72 $ 68,060
Minnesota 70 0.03 0.34 $ 32.63 $ 67,860





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,850 0.32 3.99 $ 42.43 $ 88,260
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,210 0.14 1.73 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 320 0.13 1.58 $ 23.26 $ 48,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 250 0.07 0.89 $ 22.98 $ 47,800
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 240 0.12 1.52 $ 29.15 $ 60,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.09 1.07 $ 22.14 $ 46,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.16 1.97 $ 28.22 $ 58,690
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 0.85 $ 35.31 $ 73,450
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 170 0.09 1.19 $ 41.66 $ 86,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 160 0.05 0.64 $ 32.78 $ 68,180




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 60 0.57 7.22 $ 31.92 $ 66,380
Asheville, NC 70 0.37 4.64 $ 9.70 $ 20,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,850 0.32 3.99 $ 42.43 $ 88,260
Fort Collins, CO 40 0.25 3.20 $ 24.92 $ 51,830
Provo-Orem, UT 60 0.25 3.09 $ 23.14 $ 48,130
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 60 0.20 2.52 $ 24.95 $ 51,900
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.19 2.34 $ 13.45 $ 27,970
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.16 1.97 $ 16.90 $ 35,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.16 1.97 $ 28.22 $ 58,690
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.14 1.75 $ 43.50 $ 90,470




Top paying metropolitan areas for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.14 1.75 $ 43.50 $ 90,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,850 0.32 3.99 $ 42.43 $ 88,260
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 170 0.09 1.19 $ 41.66 $ 86,650
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 130 0.06 0.72 $ 41.18 $ 85,660
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.05 0.58 $ 38.32 $ 79,710
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 0.85 $ 35.31 $ 73,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 0.03 0.41 $ 34.10 $ 70,930
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 50 0.04 0.46 $ 33.52 $ 69,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 160 0.05 0.64 $ 32.78 $ 68,180
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 60 0.57 7.22 $ 31.92 $ 66,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.63 $ 31.35 $ 65,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.63 $ 31.35 $ 65,200

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.63 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 21.13 $ 43,950


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.

(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 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