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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-1012 Craft Artists

Create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.


National estimates for Craft Artists
Industry profile for Craft Artists
Geographic profile for Craft Artists

National estimates for Craft Artists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Craft Artists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,740 7.6 % $ 19.58 $ 40,730 3.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Craft Artists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.94 $ 13.86 $ 17.27 $ 22.68 $ 29.47
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,760 $ 28,830 $ 35,930 $ 47,170 $ 61,290


Industry profile for Craft Artists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Craft Artists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Craft Artists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Craft Artists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,170 2.59 $ 16.06 $ 33,410
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 400 0.10 $ 17.38 $ 36,150
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 310 0.07 $ 17.08 $ 35,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 170 0.01 $ 35.24 $ 73,290
Miscellaneous Store Retailers (4532 and 4533 only) 130 0.04 $ 18.69 $ 38,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Craft Artists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,170 2.59 $ 16.06 $ 33,410
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 400 0.10 $ 17.38 $ 36,150
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores 310 0.07 $ 17.08 $ 35,520
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 80 0.06 $ 18.50 $ 38,480
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.05 $ 15.34 $ 31,910

Top paying industries for Craft Artists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $ 50.28 $ 104,580
Motion Picture and Video Industries 90 0.03 $ 42.38 $ 88,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 170 0.01 $ 35.24 $ 73,290
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 40 (7) $ 31.47 $ 65,460
Other Wood Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 25.98 $ 54,030


Geographic profile for Craft Artists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Craft Artists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Craft Artists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of craft artists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Craft Artists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 540 0.04 1.67 $ 15.22 $ 31,670
Michigan 410 0.10 3.82 $ 16.93 $ 35,210
California 320 0.02 0.73 $ 31.50 $ 65,510
Missouri 250 0.09 3.49 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Massachusetts 140 0.04 1.54 $ 19.63 $ 40,820


Map of location quotient of craft artists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Craft Artists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 40 0.17 6.26 $ 16.24 $ 33,770
Idaho 110 0.14 5.26 $ 19.15 $ 39,830
Michigan 410 0.10 3.82 $ 16.93 $ 35,210
Missouri 250 0.09 3.49 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
New Hampshire 50 0.08 3.09 $ 19.02 $ 39,550


Map of annual mean wages of craft artists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Craft Artists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 320 0.02 0.73 $ 31.50 $ 65,510
Georgia (8) (8) (8) $ 24.78 $ 51,550
Pennsylvania 30 0.01 0.20 $ 24.22 $ 50,390
Minnesota 90 0.03 1.20 $ 24.13 $ 50,180
New York 120 0.01 0.52 $ 23.93 $ 49,770



Map of employment of craft artists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Craft Artists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 5.04 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 130 0.07 2.69 $ 15.91 $ 33,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 120 0.02 0.80 $ 34.66 $ 72,090
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.14 5.36 $ 16.36 $ 34,040
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 80 0.03 1.16 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 70 0.01 0.32 $ 29.87 $ 62,140
Boise City, ID 50 0.14 5.35 $ 18.52 $ 38,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.91 $ 27.70 $ 57,610
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.08 3.15 $ 15.79 $ 32,840
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.08 2.83 $ 24.20 $ 50,330


Map of location quotient of craft artists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Craft Artists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.14 5.36 $ 16.36 $ 34,040
Boise City, ID 50 0.14 5.35 $ 18.52 $ 38,520
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 5.04 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.08 3.15 $ 15.79 $ 32,840
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.08 2.83 $ 24.20 $ 50,330
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 130 0.07 2.69 $ 15.91 $ 33,100
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 30 0.07 2.65 $ 12.08 $ 25,130
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 80 0.03 1.16 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 30 0.03 1.13 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.91 $ 27.70 $ 57,610


Map of annual mean wages of craft artists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Craft Artists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 120 0.02 0.80 $ 34.66 $ 72,090
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 70 0.01 0.32 $ 29.87 $ 62,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.91 $ 27.70 $ 57,610
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 5.04 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $ 25.92 $ 53,920
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.08 2.83 $ 24.20 $ 50,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 30 0.01 0.39 $ 21.77 $ 45,280
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 80 0.03 1.16 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 30 0.03 1.13 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Boise City, ID 50 0.14 5.35 $ 18.52 $ 38,520

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Craft Artists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 10.74 $ 16.45 $ 34,210
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 11.57 $ 19.89 $ 41,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Craft Artists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 11.57 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 10.74 $ 16.45 $ 34,210

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Craft Artists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 11.57 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 10.74 $ 16.45 $ 34,210


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