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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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

This major group comprises the following occupations: Art Directors ; Craft Artists ; Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators ; Multimedia Artists and Animators ; Artists and Related Workers, All Other ; Commercial and Industrial Designers ; Fashion Designers ; Floral Designers ; Graphic Designers ; Interior Designers ; Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers ; Set and Exhibit Designers ; Designers, All Other ; Actors ; Producers and Directors ; Athletes and Sports Competitors ; Coaches and Scouts ; Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials ; Dancers ; Choreographers ; Music Directors and Composers ; Musicians and Singers ; Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other ; Radio and Television Announcers ; Public Address System and Other Announcers ; Broadcast News Analysts ; Reporters and Correspondents ; Public Relations Specialists ; Editors ; Technical Writers ; Writers and Authors ; Interpreters and Translators ; Media and Communication Workers, All Other ; Audio and Video Equipment Technicians ; Broadcast Technicians ; Radio Operators ; Sound Engineering Technicians ; Photographers ; Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture ; Film and Video Editors ; Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,925,140 0.5 % $28.34 $58,950 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.60 $15.03 $23.19 $34.94 $49.91
Annual Wage (2) $22,040 $31,260 $48,230 $72,680 $103,810


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 165,140 38.68 $41.37 $86,050
Radio and Television Broadcasting 123,500 57.02 $27.82 $57,870
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 122,470 24.73 $33.31 $69,290
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 103,670 29.25 $27.88 $57,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 94,130 3.12 $27.44 $57,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 30,510 59.34 $34.26 $71,260
Radio and Television Broadcasting 123,500 57.02 $27.82 $57,870
Specialized Design Services 65,360 46.66 $28.91 $60,130
Florists 28,390 44.42 $13.36 $27,790
Sound Recording Industries 7,160 42.65 $31.46 $65,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $43.72 $90,940
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,280 1.42 $43.03 $89,510
Postal Service (federal government) 140 0.02 $42.43 $88,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 19,630 0.97 $41.69 $86,710
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 3,660 0.40 $41.68 $86,700


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)
California 319,210 19.12 1.42 $34.88 $72,550
New York 201,710 21.91 1.62 $37.82 $78,660
Texas 132,560 11.15 0.83 $25.91 $53,900
Florida 99,110 11.77 0.87 $24.29 $50,520
Illinois 74,020 12.49 0.92 $25.66 $53,380




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 37,340 52.72 3.90 $44.09 $91,710
New York 201,710 21.91 1.62 $37.82 $78,660
Vermont 5,980 19.59 1.45 $22.67 $47,150
California 319,210 19.12 1.42 $34.88 $72,550
Oregon 29,370 16.04 1.19 $26.68 $55,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 37,340 52.72 3.90 $44.09 $91,710
New York 201,710 21.91 1.62 $37.82 $78,660
California 319,210 19.12 1.42 $34.88 $72,550
Massachusetts 52,330 14.83 1.10 $30.60 $63,640
Connecticut 22,790 13.77 1.02 $28.95 $60,210



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170,260 25.43 1.88 $39.19 $81,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 153,720 34.69 2.57 $39.96 $83,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 64,350 25.54 1.89 $39.04 $81,200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 52,200 14.25 1.06 $27.41 $57,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 37,730 14.40 1.07 $26.36 $54,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 32,950 13.23 0.98 $26.33 $54,770
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 32,910 17.89 1.32 $32.25 $67,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 31,020 10.59 0.78 $27.83 $57,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 30,610 18.58 1.38 $29.91 $62,220
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 29,500 26.43 1.96 $39.37 $81,890