Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
29,810 4.0 % $34.71 $72,200 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.52 $23.71 $31.40 $43.49 $55.75
Annual Wage (2) $38,520 $49,320 $65,300 $90,450 $115,960


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 8,530 2.02 $36.36 $75,630
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,360 0.22 $35.48 $73,800
Software Publishers 3,250 0.95 $37.44 $77,870
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 2,790 0.57 $33.37 $69,400
Other Information Services 1,650 0.64 $38.93 $80,980

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 8,530 2.02 $36.36 $75,630
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 870 1.62 $36.03 $74,940
Software Publishers 3,250 0.95 $37.44 $77,870
Specialized Design Services 990 0.72 $27.68 $57,570
Other Information Services 1,650 0.64 $38.93 $80,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 30 0.02 $40.81 $84,880
Other Information Services 1,650 0.64 $38.93 $80,980
Software Publishers 3,250 0.95 $37.44 $77,870
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $36.49 $75,900
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,530 2.02 $36.36 $75,630


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 10,910 0.68 3.22 $39.75 $82,680
New York 1,960 0.22 1.02 $35.25 $73,310
Washington 1,800 0.59 2.76 $36.60 $76,130
Texas 1,720 0.15 0.69 $34.13 $70,990
Georgia 1,430 0.34 1.60 $26.57 $55,260




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 10,910 0.68 3.22 $39.75 $82,680
Oregon 1,070 0.60 2.82 $34.87 $72,530
Washington 1,800 0.59 2.76 $36.60 $76,130
Georgia 1,430 0.34 1.60 $26.57 $55,260
Massachusetts 1,050 0.30 1.42 $37.20 $77,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,910 0.68 3.22 $39.75 $82,680
Connecticut 510 0.30 1.44 $37.92 $78,870
Massachusetts 1,050 0.30 1.42 $37.20 $77,370
District of Columbia 110 0.16 0.75 $36.79 $76,530
Washington 1,800 0.59 2.76 $36.60 $76,130





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 5,670 1.34 6.33 $39.37 $81,890
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.28 1.31 $36.14 $75,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,600 1.01 4.75 $37.04 $77,040
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,590 1.49 7.01 $45.23 $94,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,260 0.49 2.32 $26.28 $54,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,020 0.97 4.58 $40.38 $83,980
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 970 0.27 1.25 $30.72 $63,890
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 960 0.84 3.97 $35.76 $74,380
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 860 0.48 2.25 $37.98 $79,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 680 0.28 1.31 $34.29 $71,320




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 460 4.16 19.60 $41.61 $86,540
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,590 1.49 7.01 $45.23 $94,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,670 1.34 6.33 $39.37 $81,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,600 1.01 4.75 $37.04 $77,040
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,020 0.97 4.58 $40.38 $83,980
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 960 0.84 3.97 $35.76 $74,380
Boulder, CO 110 0.65 3.07 $28.87 $60,050
Raleigh, NC 330 0.55 2.60 $33.02 $68,680
Austin-Round Rock, TX 500 0.52 2.45 $33.83 $70,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,260 0.49 2.32 $26.28 $54,650




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,590 1.49 7.01 $45.23 $94,080
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 460 4.16 19.60 $41.61 $86,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,020 0.97 4.58 $40.38 $83,980
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 120 0.13 0.59 $39.49 $82,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,670 1.34 6.33 $39.37 $81,890
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 0.41 $38.93 $80,970
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 860 0.48 2.25 $37.98 $79,010
New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8) (8) (8) $37.53 $78,070
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 550 0.39 1.86 $37.21 $77,400
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,600 1.01 4.75 $37.04 $77,040


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017