Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Fine and performing arts

Fine and performing arts field of degree. Employment: 2,646,580. Median annual wage: $42,000.

Fine and performing arts field of degree. Employment: 2,646,580. Median annual wage: $42,000

Table 1. Fine and performing arts degree, 2019.

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Table 1. Fine and performing arts degree, 2019
Data Fine and performing arts All fields

Employment

2,646,580 56,820,460

Median wage

42,000 60,000

Percent employed part time

23 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

50 61

Percent with an advanced degree

27 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 1. Types of fine and performing arts majors, 2019.

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Chart 1. Types of fine and performing arts majors, 2019
Fine arts majors Major share

Commercial Art And Graphic Design

25%

Fine Arts

24

Music

18

Drama And Theater Arts

11

Film, Video, And Photographic Arts

8

Other

15

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a fine and performing arts degree, by occupational group, 2019.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a fine and performing arts degree, by occupational group, 2019
Occupational group Occupational group share

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

21%

Educational instruction and library occupations

16

Management occupations

13

Sales and related occupations

8

Office and administrative support occupations

8

Other

34

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a fine and performing arts degree.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a fine and performing arts degree
Occupational Outlook Handbook profile Percent growth, projected 2020–30 Typical entry-level education Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2019 Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2019

Postsecondary teachers

24% See How to Become One 4% 73%

Substitute teachers, short-term

13 Bachelor's degree 3 22

Art directors

11 Bachelor's degree 3 14

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

8 Bachelor's degree 2 54

Elementary school teachers, except special education

7 Bachelor's degree 4 48

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

7 Bachelor's degree 4 20

Graphic designers

3 Bachelor's degree 5 7

Designers, all other

0 Bachelor's degree 3 14

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 3

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

-6 High school diploma or equivalent 2 5

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Fine and performing arts,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/fine-arts/fine-arts-field-of-degree.htm (visited January 18, 2022).

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