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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-1011 Art Directors

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design. Excludes “Set and Exhibit Designers” (27-1027).


National estimates for Art Directors
Industry profile for Art Directors
Geographic profile for Art Directors

National estimates for Art Directors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Art Directors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
42,080 2.6 % $ 55.50 $ 115,430 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Art Directors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 27.51 $ 37.26 $ 48.51 $ 65.07 $ 93.33
Annual Wage (2) $ 57,220 $ 77,490 $ 100,890 $ 135,350 $ 194,130


Industry profile for Art Directors:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Art Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 13,280 3.05 $ 57.20 $ 118,980
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,610 1.15 $ 75.74 $ 157,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,240 0.13 $ 57.14 $ 118,850
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,870 1.16 $ 43.02 $ 89,470
Specialized Design Services 2,660 1.96 $ 53.63 $ 111,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Art Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 13,280 3.05 $ 57.20 $ 118,980
Specialized Design Services 2,660 1.96 $ 53.63 $ 111,550
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,870 1.16 $ 43.02 $ 89,470
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,610 1.15 $ 75.74 $ 157,540
Performing Arts Companies 610 0.88 $ 36.86 $ 76,660

Top paying industries for Art Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 50 (7) $ 76.03 $ 158,140
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,610 1.15 $ 75.74 $ 157,540
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 150 0.31 $ 72.52 $ 150,840
Spectator Sports 80 0.07 $ 71.70 $ 149,130
Software Publishers 650 0.12 $ 70.59 $ 146,820


Geographic profile for Art Directors:

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



Map of employment of art directors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Art Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,440 0.51 1.71 $ 69.23 $ 144,000
New York 8,100 0.93 3.13 $ 68.79 $ 143,080
Illinois 2,880 0.51 1.72 $ 55.64 $ 115,730
Texas 2,260 0.19 0.62 $ 41.09 $ 85,470
Florida 1,730 0.20 0.67 $ 39.11 $ 81,360


Map of location quotient of art directors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Art Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 8,100 0.93 3.13 $ 68.79 $ 143,080
Illinois 2,880 0.51 1.72 $ 55.64 $ 115,730
California 8,440 0.51 1.71 $ 69.23 $ 144,000
District of Columbia 270 0.40 1.35 $ 53.18 $ 110,610
Oregon 720 0.39 1.32 $ 55.63 $ 115,700


Map of annual mean wages of art directors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Art Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,440 0.51 1.71 $ 69.23 $ 144,000
New York 8,100 0.93 3.13 $ 68.79 $ 143,080
New Jersey 1,490 0.39 1.30 $ 59.25 $ 123,250
Illinois 2,880 0.51 1.72 $ 55.64 $ 115,730
Oregon 720 0.39 1.32 $ 55.63 $ 115,700



Map of employment of art directors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Art Directors:

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 8,360 0.96 3.23 $ 69.12 $ 143,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,150 0.90 3.01 $ 70.21 $ 146,040
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,640 0.62 2.09 $ 56.89 $ 118,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,430 0.64 2.13 $ 75.63 $ 157,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,080 0.42 1.40 $ 55.90 $ 116,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 930 0.51 1.70 $ 53.08 $ 110,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 900 0.35 1.16 $ 57.74 $ 120,110
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 880 0.25 0.82 $ 42.06 $ 87,480
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 850 0.32 1.08 $ 48.50 $ 100,870
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 740 0.30 1.01 $ 38.68 $ 80,460


Map of location quotient of art directors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Art Directors:

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 8,360 0.96 3.23 $ 69.12 $ 143,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,150 0.90 3.01 $ 70.21 $ 146,040
Boulder, CO 140 0.80 2.67 $ 45.35 $ 94,330
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,430 0.64 2.13 $ 75.63 $ 157,310
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,640 0.62 2.09 $ 56.89 $ 118,340
Trenton, NJ 140 0.62 2.06 $ 57.81 $ 120,240
Provo-Orem, UT 170 0.62 2.06 $ 39.82 $ 82,820
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.56 1.87 $ 50.37 $ 104,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 590 0.53 1.77 $ 55.20 $ 114,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 930 0.51 1.70 $ 53.08 $ 110,410


Map of annual mean wages of art directors by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Art Directors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 450 0.42 1.42 $ 78.74 $ 163,790
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,430 0.64 2.13 $ 75.63 $ 157,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,150 0.90 3.01 $ 70.21 $ 146,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,360 0.96 3.23 $ 69.12 $ 143,770
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.20 0.68 $ 60.05 $ 124,910
Santa Rosa, CA 30 0.16 0.53 $ 59.71 $ 124,200
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 360 0.26 0.87 $ 58.21 $ 121,070
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.17 0.56 $ 58.20 $ 121,060
Trenton, NJ 140 0.62 2.06 $ 57.81 $ 120,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 900 0.35 1.16 $ 57.74 $ 120,110

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Art Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.89 $ 49.09 $ 102,110

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Art Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.89 $ 49.09 $ 102,110

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Art Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.89 $ 49.09 $ 102,110


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.

(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