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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
42,890 2.1 % $52.69 $109,600 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.60 $33.23 $45.30 $62.66 $90.75
Annual Wage (2) $53,240 $69,110 $94,220 $130,330 $188,750


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 12,820 2.62 $55.81 $116,080
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,670 0.86 $66.01 $137,290
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,250 1.07 $46.30 $96,310
Specialized Design Services 3,010 2.07 $51.93 $108,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,630 0.18 $49.20 $102,340

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 12,820 2.62 $55.81 $116,080
Specialized Design Services 3,010 2.07 $51.93 $108,020
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,250 1.07 $46.30 $96,310
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,670 0.86 $66.01 $137,290
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 420 0.78 $53.97 $112,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 130 0.15 $68.11 $141,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 60 0.02 $68.01 $141,460
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,670 0.86 $66.01 $137,290
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 220 0.06 $64.00 $133,130
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $59.95 $124,690


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 8,720 0.92 3.13 $64.82 $134,840
California 8,300 0.48 1.63 $65.10 $135,410
Illinois 2,740 0.46 1.56 $49.97 $103,940
Texas 2,510 0.20 0.69 $39.49 $82,140
Florida 1,630 0.19 0.63 $37.87 $78,760




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)
New York 8,720 0.92 3.13 $64.82 $134,840
District of Columbia 470 0.65 2.23 $39.44 $82,030
Oregon 990 0.52 1.77 $58.79 $122,280
California 8,300 0.48 1.63 $65.10 $135,410
Illinois 2,740 0.46 1.56 $49.97 $103,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,300 0.48 1.63 $65.10 $135,410
New York 8,720 0.92 3.13 $64.82 $134,840
Oregon 990 0.52 1.77 $58.79 $122,280
Minnesota 1,000 0.35 1.19 $52.44 $109,080
New Jersey 1,020 0.25 0.85 $52.16 $108,490





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 8,970 0.93 3.18 $64.81 $134,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,630 0.74 2.54 $68.58 $142,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,630 0.56 1.93 $50.30 $104,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,850 0.75 2.56 $65.37 $135,970
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,310 0.47 1.60 $51.25 $106,600
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 990 0.27 0.93 $39.83 $82,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 910 0.46 1.58 $54.24 $112,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 860 0.31 1.08 $50.35 $104,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 850 0.27 0.91 $42.76 $88,940
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 840 0.70 2.39 $61.52 $127,970




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)
Boulder, CO 240 1.27 4.34 $50.32 $104,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,970 0.93 3.18 $64.81 $134,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,850 0.75 2.56 $65.37 $135,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,630 0.74 2.54 $68.58 $142,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 840 0.70 2.39 $61.52 $127,970
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 280 0.68 2.34 $50.25 $104,530
Bend-Redmond, OR 50 0.64 2.20 $46.20 $96,090
Austin-Round Rock, TX 620 0.58 1.99 $40.67 $84,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,630 0.56 1.93 $50.30 $104,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.48 1.66 $58.00 $120,640




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-Anaheim, CA 4,630 0.74 2.54 $68.58 $142,650
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,850 0.75 2.56 $65.37 $135,970
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,970 0.93 3.18 $64.81 $134,810
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 840 0.70 2.39 $61.52 $127,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.48 1.66 $58.00 $120,640
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.39 1.35 $57.99 $120,630
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.20 0.68 $57.27 $119,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 910 0.46 1.58 $54.24 $112,820
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 830 0.29 0.98 $52.82 $109,860
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.16 0.55 $52.46 $109,130


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020