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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations comprises the following occupations: Artists and Related Workers, All Other; Craft Artists; Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators; Special Effects Artists and Animators; Art Directors; Designers, All Other; Set and Exhibit Designers; Fashion Designers; Commercial and Industrial Designers; Floral Designers; Interior Designers; Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers; Graphic Designers; Actors; Producers and Directors; Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials; Athletes and Sports Competitors; Coaches and Scouts; Dancers; Choreographers; Music Directors and Composers; Musicians and Singers; Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other; Disc Jockeys, Except Radio; Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys; News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists; Public Relations Specialists; Technical Writers; Writers and Authors; Editors; Media and Communication Workers, All Other; Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners; Interpreters and Translators; Lighting Technicians; Sound Engineering Technicians; Broadcast Technicians; Audio and Video Technicians; Photographers; Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film; Film and Video Editors; 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:

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)
1,815,290 0.5 % $ 31.78 $ 66,100 1.5 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.95 $ 17.92 $ 24.61 $ 38.08 $ 58.86
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,010 $ 37,270 $ 51,190 $ 79,200 $ 122,420


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

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 147,380 46.73 $ 45.11 $ 93,820
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 112,730 25.90 $ 38.26 $ 79,580
Radio and Television Broadcasting 112,310 58.94 $ 29.28 $ 60,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 102,340 3.43 $ 30.28 $ 62,990
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 79,150 31.94 $ 30.42 $ 63,280

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 112,310 58.94 $ 29.28 $ 60,910
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 24,680 54.59 $ 49.86 $ 103,720
Motion Picture and Video Industries 147,380 46.73 $ 45.11 $ 93,820
Florists 25,400 46.42 $ 15.16 $ 31,520
Specialized Design Services 58,200 42.97 $ 33.04 $ 68,730

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)
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 190 0.92 $ 50.52 $ 105,070
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,530 0.99 $ 50.51 $ 105,060
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 24,680 54.59 $ 49.86 $ 103,720
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.16 $ 49.50 $ 102,950
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 3,300 0.34 $ 48.59 $ 101,070


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

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.



Map of employment of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations by state, May 2021


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 291,090 17.61 1.37 $ 40.32 $ 83,870
New York 191,400 22.08 1.71 $ 42.87 $ 89,160
Texas 114,850 9.39 0.73 $ 27.19 $ 56,550
Florida 104,610 12.16 0.94 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Illinois 67,800 12.07 0.94 $ 28.52 $ 59,320


Map of location quotient of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations by state, May 2021


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 36,160 54.63 4.24 $ 47.65 $ 99,120
New York 191,400 22.08 1.71 $ 42.87 $ 89,160
California 291,090 17.61 1.37 $ 40.32 $ 83,870
Colorado 36,660 13.99 1.09 $ 30.63 $ 63,720
Utah 21,200 13.64 1.06 $ 25.00 $ 51,990


Map of annual mean wages of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations by state, May 2021


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 36,160 54.63 4.24 $ 47.65 $ 99,120
New York 191,400 22.08 1.71 $ 42.87 $ 89,160
California 291,090 17.61 1.37 $ 40.32 $ 83,870
Connecticut 19,330 12.28 0.95 $ 36.18 $ 75,250
Massachusetts 45,970 13.54 1.05 $ 34.94 $ 72,680



Map of employment of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations by area, May 2021


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 187,390 21.59 1.68 $ 43.69 $ 90,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 162,760 28.46 2.21 $ 43.69 $ 90,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 67,270 22.94 1.78 $ 42.52 $ 88,440
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 53,960 12.75 0.99 $ 29.61 $ 61,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40,760 15.75 1.22 $ 30.56 $ 63,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 38,990 17.39 1.35 $ 42.80 $ 89,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 36,930 14.29 1.11 $ 36.33 $ 75,560
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 35,120 9.79 0.76 $ 28.80 $ 59,910
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 33,560 13.69 1.06 $ 29.97 $ 62,340
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 29,990 15.64 1.21 $ 36.75 $ 76,440


Map of location quotient of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations by area, May 2021


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 162,760 28.46 2.21 $ 43.69 $ 90,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 67,270 22.94 1.78 $ 42.52 $ 88,440
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 187,390 21.59 1.68 $ 43.69 $ 90,870
Lawrence, KS 890 19.36 1.50 $ 23.79 $ 49,480
Ithaca, NY 880 18.92 1.47 $ 36.72 $ 76,370
Charlottesville, VA 2,010 18.84 1.46 $ 28.85 $ 60,020
Boulder, CO 3,410 18.73 1.45 $ 33.09 $ 68,830
Manhattan, KS 670 17.90 1.39 $ 24.16 $ 50,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 38,990 17.39 1.35 $ 42.80 $ 89,010
Missoula, MT 1,020 16.91 1.31 $ 21.70 $ 45,140