Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

27-1014 Multimedia Artists and Animators

Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.


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 occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
29,860 3.8 % $36.81 $76,560 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.91 $25.20 $33.91 $45.95 $59.17
Annual Wage (2) $39,330 $52,410 $70,530 $95,570 $123,060


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 9,450 2.21 $40.57 $84,390
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,540 0.23 $36.36 $75,640
Software Publishers 3,020 0.82 $39.99 $83,180
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 2,540 0.51 $35.02 $72,830
Other Information Services 1,260 0.46 $39.20 $81,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,450 2.21 $40.57 $84,390
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 620 1.21 $34.65 $72,070
Software Publishers 3,020 0.82 $39.99 $83,180
Specialized Design Services 830 0.60 $31.23 $64,960
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 2,540 0.51 $35.02 $72,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 160 0.03 $44.75 $93,090
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 110 0.02 $43.24 $89,930
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,450 2.21 $40.57 $84,390
Software Publishers 3,020 0.82 $39.99 $83,180
Other Information Services 1,260 0.46 $39.20 $81,530


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 11,950 0.72 3.42 $41.03 $85,340
Texas 2,460 0.21 0.99 (8) (8)
New York 1,930 0.21 1.00 $38.33 $79,720
Washington 1,440 0.45 2.16 $42.42 $88,240
Florida 1,060 0.13 0.60 $28.11 $58,470




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)
California 11,950 0.72 3.42 $41.03 $85,340
Oregon 1,040 0.57 2.72 $37.24 $77,450
Washington 1,440 0.45 2.16 $42.42 $88,240
Connecticut 490 0.29 1.40 $44.20 $91,940
Massachusetts 860 0.24 1.17 $34.61 $71,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 490 0.29 1.40 $44.20 $91,940
Washington 1,440 0.45 2.16 $42.42 $88,240
District of Columbia 100 0.14 0.66 $42.36 $88,120
California 11,950 0.72 3.42 $41.03 $85,340
New York 1,930 0.21 1.00 $38.33 $79,720



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,180 1.40 6.66 $40.92 $85,110
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.26 1.22 $39.64 $82,460
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,540 1.38 6.57 $45.48 $94,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.24 5.94 $41.40 $86,120
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.79 3.79 $42.97 $89,370
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,170 1.18 5.61 (8) (8)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 920 0.80 3.81 $38.44 $79,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 810 0.32 1.55 $33.98 $70,670
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 760 0.21 1.00 $28.87 $60,050
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.61 2.89 $40.47 $84,190


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 520 4.54 21.69 $44.89 $93,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,180 1.40 6.66 $40.92 $85,110
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,540 1.38 6.57 $45.48 $94,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.24 5.94 $41.40 $86,120
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,170 1.18 5.61 (8) (8)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 360 0.86 4.11 $47.77 $99,350
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 920 0.80 3.81 $38.44 $79,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.79 3.79 $42.97 $89,370
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.61 2.89 $40.47 $84,190
Raleigh, NC 360 0.59 2.82 $36.89 $76,730


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 360 0.86 4.11 $47.77 $99,350
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,540 1.38 6.57 $45.48 $94,590
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 520 4.54 21.69 $44.89 $93,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.79 3.79 $42.97 $89,370
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,360 1.24 5.94 $41.40 $86,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,180 1.40 6.66 $40.92 $85,110
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 130 0.13 0.60 $40.81 $84,870
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.61 2.89 $40.47 $84,190
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.26 1.22 $39.64 $82,460
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.95 $81,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.63 $28.41 $59,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.63 $28.41 $59,090

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.63 $28.41 $59,090


About May 2017 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018