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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
40,210 2.2 % $50.29 $104,590 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.08 $32.66 $44.60 $60.82 $82.97
Annual Wage (2) $52,160 $67,930 $92,780 $126,500 $172,570


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 11,910 2.44 $51.98 $108,130
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,540 1.07 $44.04 $91,610
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,210 0.78 $60.59 $126,030
Specialized Design Services 2,890 2.02 $51.22 $106,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,240 0.16 $48.73 $101,360

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 11,910 2.44 $51.98 $108,130
Specialized Design Services 2,890 2.02 $51.22 $106,530
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,540 1.07 $44.04 $91,610
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 480 0.89 $56.74 $118,020
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 420 0.82 $55.06 $114,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 250 0.08 $64.61 $134,390
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 80 0.03 $63.37 $131,810
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 90 0.10 $61.66 $128,260
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,210 0.78 $60.59 $126,030
Software Publishers 710 0.18 $59.42 $123,600


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 8,320 0.89 3.19 $59.95 $124,710
California 7,620 0.45 1.61 $61.36 $127,630
Texas 2,090 0.17 0.62 $39.03 $81,170
Illinois 2,080 0.35 1.25 $47.98 $99,800
Florida 1,620 0.19 0.68 $37.91 $78,840




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)
District of Columbia 760 1.07 3.86 $37.63 $78,270
New York 8,320 0.89 3.19 $59.95 $124,710
Oregon 960 0.51 1.82 $52.32 $108,830
California 7,620 0.45 1.61 $61.36 $127,630
Maine 250 0.41 1.48 $45.00 $93,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,620 0.45 1.61 $61.36 $127,630
New York 8,320 0.89 3.19 $59.95 $124,710
Georgia 730 0.17 0.60 $53.60 $111,500
Oregon 960 0.51 1.82 $52.32 $108,830
Washington 830 0.25 0.92 $51.09 $106,260





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,570 0.90 3.25 $60.07 $124,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,120 0.67 2.42 $62.06 $129,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,010 0.43 1.56 $48.01 $99,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,760 0.73 2.61 $66.20 $137,690
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,190 0.43 1.55 $47.77 $99,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,170 0.37 1.34 $40.07 $83,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 870 0.44 1.60 $47.02 $97,800
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 850 0.71 2.56 $54.33 $113,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 810 0.23 0.82 $41.34 $85,990
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 770 0.39 1.41 $44.43 $92,410




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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,570 0.90 3.25 $60.07 $124,940
Boulder, CO 140 0.79 2.83 $43.90 $91,310
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,760 0.73 2.61 $66.20 $137,690
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 850 0.71 2.56 $54.33 $113,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,120 0.67 2.42 $62.06 $129,090
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 250 0.61 2.19 $49.37 $102,680
Kansas City, MO-KS 590 0.56 2.00 $45.29 $94,200
Danbury, CT 40 0.53 1.90 $38.66 $80,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 0.50 1.81 $56.06 $116,600
Provo-Orem, UT 120 0.50 1.80 $52.92 $110,060




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,760 0.73 2.61 $66.20 $137,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,120 0.67 2.42 $62.06 $129,090
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,570 0.90 3.25 $60.07 $124,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 0.50 1.81 $56.06 $116,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 660 0.25 0.89 $54.33 $113,020
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 850 0.71 2.56 $54.33 $113,000
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 330 0.23 0.81 $54.09 $112,520
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 140 0.23 0.84 $53.87 $112,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 630 0.22 0.80 $53.75 $111,800
Provo-Orem, UT 120 0.50 1.80 $52.92 $110,060


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019