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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 ; Special Effects 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 ; Miscellaneous Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers ; Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys ; News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists ; Public Relations Specialists ; Editors ; Technical Writers ; Writers and Authors ; Interpreters and Translators ; Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners ; Media and Communication Workers, All Other ; Audio and Video Technicians ; Broadcast Technicians ; Sound Engineering Technicians ; Photographers ; Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film ; Film and Video Editors ; Lighting Technicians and 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)
2,017,810 0.7 % $29.79 $61,960 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.49 $16.02 $24.59 $36.53 $52.33
Annual Wage (2) $23,890 $33,310 $51,150 $75,980 $108,840


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 168,880 39.38 $41.85 $87,050
Radio and Television Broadcasting 130,270 60.59 $29.96 $62,310
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 126,270 25.76 $33.84 $70,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 101,150 3.27 $28.89 $60,100
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 91,140 29.92 $29.60 $61,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 130,270 60.59 $29.96 $62,310
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 29,850 55.98 $35.74 $74,330
Florists 28,460 46.06 $14.13 $29,400
Specialized Design Services 63,050 43.49 $31.28 $65,060
Performing Arts Companies 55,950 41.89 $35.23 $73,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,330 1.47 $47.02 $97,800
Natural Gas Distribution 380 0.35 $44.86 $93,300
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.12 $43.18 $89,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) (8) (8) $43.10 $89,650
Postal Service (federal government) 150 0.02 $42.65 $88,720


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 327,840 18.86 1.37 $36.71 $76,360
New York 221,800 23.29 1.70 $40.09 $83,390
Texas 141,300 11.37 0.83 $25.93 $53,940
Florida 105,470 11.99 0.87 $25.26 $52,540
Illinois 77,420 12.85 0.94 $26.55 $55,220




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 39,110 54.06 3.94 $47.06 $97,870
New York 221,800 23.29 1.70 $40.09 $83,390
California 327,840 18.86 1.37 $36.71 $76,360
Vermont 5,370 17.54 1.28 $24.70 $51,390
Oregon 31,330 16.44 1.20 $28.00 $58,240




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 39,110 54.06 3.94 $47.06 $97,870
New York 221,800 23.29 1.70 $40.09 $83,390
California 327,840 18.86 1.37 $36.71 $76,360
Massachusetts 52,440 14.49 1.05 $31.97 $66,510
New Jersey 49,130 12.02 0.87 $31.46 $65,440





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 220,450 22.83 1.66 $40.79 $84,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 182,490 29.25 2.13 $40.01 $83,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 74,450 23.42 1.70 $40.87 $85,000
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 64,510 13.80 1.00 $27.42 $57,030
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 53,790 21.76 1.58 $36.71 $76,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 49,320 17.98 1.31 $28.57 $59,420
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 48,010 13.13 0.96 $26.37 $54,850
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 42,820 15.30 1.11 $33.22 $69,090
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 34,940 17.29 1.26 $32.02 $66,590
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 34,330 12.99 0.95 $26.61 $55,350