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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
9,430 11.9 % $ 33.18 $ 69,010 7.8 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.34 $ 17.94 $ 29.24 $ 46.44 $ 60.54
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,430 $ 37,310 $ 60,820 $ 96,580 $ 125,930


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 2,440 5.40 $ 29.69 $ 61,760
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,000 0.32 $ 40.51 $ 84,260
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 390 0.09 $ 35.20 $ 73,220
Specialized Design Services 360 0.27 $ 34.88 $ 72,550
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 290 0.01 $ 32.93 $ 68,500

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 2,440 5.40 $ 29.69 $ 61,760
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,000 0.32 $ 40.51 $ 84,260
Specialized Design Services 360 0.27 $ 34.88 $ 72,550
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 250 0.09 $ 21.28 $ 44,260
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 390 0.09 $ 35.20 $ 73,220

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)
Employment Services 90 (7) $ 42.27 $ 87,930
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,000 0.32 $ 40.51 $ 84,260
Software Publishers 180 0.03 $ 38.79 $ 80,670
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 100 (7) $ 36.36 $ 75,620
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 30 0.01 $ 36.24 $ 75,380


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.



Map of employment of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators by state, May 2021


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 1,280 0.08 1.16 $ 31.57 $ 65,660
Texas 930 0.08 1.14 $ 13.10 $ 27,250
Georgia 650 0.15 2.22 $ 30.52 $ 63,480
Florida 400 0.05 0.70 $ 26.51 $ 55,150
Ohio 380 0.07 1.09 $ 19.82 $ 41,230


Map of location quotient of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators by state, May 2021


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)
Georgia 650 0.15 2.22 $ 30.52 $ 63,480
Utah 160 0.10 1.53 $ 31.28 $ 65,050
Louisiana 180 0.10 1.49 $ 18.42 $ 38,310
Washington 270 0.09 1.28 $ 32.21 $ 67,000
Idaho 60 0.08 1.21 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators by state, May 2021


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)
New York (8) (8) (8) $ 57.94 $ 120,510
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.58 $ 51.51 $ 107,140
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.73 $ 39.34 $ 81,830
Minnesota 90 0.03 0.48 $ 35.01 $ 72,820
Oregon 100 0.05 0.82 $ 33.40 $ 69,470



Map of employment of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators by area, May 2021


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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,110 0.24 3.63 $ 58.29 $ 121,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.20 2.94 $ 31.92 $ 66,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 210 0.08 1.21 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.08 1.23 $ 30.46 $ 63,350
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 210 0.11 1.60 $ 34.80 $ 72,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.09 $ 34.69 $ 72,140
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 120 0.03 0.42 $ 29.41 $ 61,180
Columbus, OH 80 0.08 1.20 $ 22.38 $ 46,550
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.16 2.35 $ 17.32 $ 36,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 70 0.04 0.59 $ 35.21 $ 73,230


Map of location quotient of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators by area, May 2021


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)
Provo-Orem, UT 70 0.26 3.90 $ 30.47 $ 63,380
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,110 0.24 3.63 $ 58.29 $ 121,240
Asheville, NC 40 0.20 3.03 $ 13.52 $ 28,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.20 2.94 $ 31.92 $ 66,390
Savannah, GA 30 0.17 2.53 $ 23.42 $ 48,720
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.16 2.35 $ 17.32 $ 36,020
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 50 0.13 1.98 $ 47.59 $ 98,990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.12 1.76 $ 57.20 $ 118,980
Boise City, ID 40 0.11 1.64 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 210 0.11 1.60 $ 34.80 $ 72,370


Map of annual mean wages of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators by area, May 2021


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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,110 0.24 3.63 $ 58.29 $ 121,240
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.12 1.76 $ 57.20 $ 118,980
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 50 0.13 1.98 $ 47.59 $ 98,990
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.06 0.91 $ 36.81 $ 76,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 70 0.04 0.59 $ 35.21 $ 73,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 210 0.11 1.60 $ 34.80 $ 72,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.09 $ 34.69 $ 72,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $ 33.74 $ 70,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 32.06 $ 66,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.20 2.94 $ 31.92 $ 66,390

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 5.50 $ 23.19 $ 48,230
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 3.42 (8) (8)

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 5.50 $ 23.19 $ 48,230
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 3.42 (8) (8)

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 5.50 $ 23.19 $ 48,230


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022