Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Art Directors ; Craft Artists ; Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators ; Multimedia Artists and Animators ; Artists and Related Workers, All Other ; Commercial and Industrial Designers ; Fashion Designers ; Floral Designers ; Graphic Designers ; Interior Designers ; Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers ; Set and Exhibit Designers ; Designers, All Other ; Actors ; Producers and Directors ; Athletes and Sports Competitors ; Coaches and Scouts ; Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials ; Dancers ; Choreographers ; Music Directors and Composers ; Musicians and Singers ; Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other ; Radio and Television Announcers ; Public Address System and Other Announcers ; Broadcast News Analysts ; Reporters and Correspondents ; Public Relations Specialists ; Editors ; Technical Writers ; Writers and Authors ; Interpreters and Translators ; Media and Communication Workers, All Other ; Audio and Video Equipment Technicians ; Broadcast Technicians ; Radio Operators ; Sound Engineering Technicians ; Photographers ; Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture ; Film and Video Editors ; Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,750,130 0.7 % $26.20 $54,490 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.42 $13.76 $21.12 $32.16 $46.12
Annual Wage (2) $19,600 $28,630 $43,930 $66,890 $95,930


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 146,230 40.83 $41.75 $86,840
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 131,360 28.54 $25.62 $53,280
Radio and Television Broadcasting 122,940 57.33 $23.95 $49,810
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 96,110 22.31 $32.17 $66,910
Elementary and Secondary Schools 94,740 1.14 $18.08 $37,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 30,410 61.75 $33.75 $70,210
Radio and Television Broadcasting 122,940 57.33 $23.95 $49,810
Performing Arts Companies 56,370 48.36 $28.22 $58,690
Specialized Design Services 54,350 46.71 $27.42 $57,040
Florists 31,360 46.40 $12.23 $25,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 40 0.08 $41.77 $86,870
Motion Picture and Video Industries 146,230 40.83 $41.75 $86,840
Postal Service 140 0.02 $40.07 $83,340
Natural Gas Distribution 250 0.23 $38.20 $79,460
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,920 1.02 $38.17 $79,380


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 283,510 19.82 1.48 $35.06 $72,920
New York 188,220 22.03 1.64 $34.21 $71,150
Texas 103,870 9.82 0.73 $22.05 $45,870
Florida 85,480 11.75 0.87 $21.99 $45,740
Illinois 69,530 12.33 0.92 $24.05 $50,020




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)
District of Columbia 26,640 40.75 3.03 $38.18 $79,420
New York 188,220 22.03 1.64 $34.21 $71,150
California 283,510 19.82 1.48 $35.06 $72,920
Vermont 5,130 17.45 1.30 $20.32 $42,260
Colorado 35,300 15.86 1.18 $23.53 $48,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 26,640 40.75 3.03 $38.18 $79,420
California 283,510 19.82 1.48 $35.06 $72,920
New York 188,220 22.03 1.64 $34.21 $71,150
Massachusetts 49,870 15.57 1.16 $27.88 $57,990
Nevada 15,130 13.42 1.00 $27.70 $57,610





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 148,200 28.74 2.14 $36.50 $75,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 143,960 37.19 2.77 $42.27 $87,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 55,490 23.68 1.76 $35.00 $72,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 50,510 13.87 1.03 $25.55 $53,140
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 33,640 19.66 1.46 $29.72 $61,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 29,930 17.10 1.27 $24.32 $50,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 29,700 13.13 0.98 $24.01 $49,950
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 27,910 19.80 1.47 $28.15 $58,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 26,100 26.09 1.94 $33.53 $69,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 26,040 14.29 1.06 $26.84 $55,830