Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-1013 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.


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)
12,480 7.2 % $25.96 $54,000 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.33 $14.53 $21.56 $31.16 $44.73
Annual Wage (2) $19,410 $30,220 $44,850 $64,810 $93,030


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)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,080 8.28 $24.18 $50,300
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,400 0.67 $30.45 $63,330
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 630 0.14 $26.18 $54,450
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 560 0.20 $17.08 $35,520
Specialized Design Services 320 0.27 $20.66 $42,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,080 8.28 $24.18 $50,300
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,400 0.67 $30.45 $63,330
Specialized Design Services 320 0.27 $20.66 $42,980
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 180 0.22 $19.94 $41,470
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 560 0.20 $17.08 $35,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $49.88 $103,740
Software Publishers (8) (8) $37.39 $77,770
Employment Services 110 (7) $33.57 $69,830
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $30.48 $63,400
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,400 0.67 $30.45 $63,330


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 4,100 0.29 2.99 $31.57 $65,670
New York 1,280 0.15 1.57 $32.02 $66,600
Florida 880 0.12 1.27 $15.62 $32,490
Washington 590 0.21 2.21 $33.57 $69,830
Illinois 400 0.07 0.73 $23.75 $49,400




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 4,100 0.29 2.99 $31.57 $65,670
Washington 590 0.21 2.21 $33.57 $69,830
Utah 190 0.16 1.68 $18.75 $39,000
New York 1,280 0.15 1.57 $32.02 $66,600
Connecticut 220 0.14 1.45 $27.30 $56,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 590 0.21 2.21 $33.57 $69,830
New York 1,280 0.15 1.57 $32.02 $66,600
California 4,100 0.29 2.99 $31.57 $65,670
Arizona 180 0.07 0.76 $31.46 $65,440
Connecticut 220 0.14 1.45 $27.30 $56,790





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 3,080 0.80 8.31 $32.45 $67,500
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.22 2.33 $33.42 $69,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 550 0.39 4.11 $33.86 $70,430
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 370 0.36 3.81 $17.80 $37,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 0.91 $24.99 $51,970
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 1.61 $19.20 $39,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 2.15 $28.49 $59,250
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.46 4.83 $27.08 $56,330
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.10 1.05 $25.45 $52,940
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 1.46 $37.93 $78,890




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,080 0.80 8.31 $32.45 $67,500
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.57 5.99 $28.40 $59,080
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.46 4.83 $27.08 $56,330
Provo-Orem, UT 70 0.40 4.13 $19.58 $40,730
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 550 0.39 4.11 $33.86 $70,430
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 370 0.36 3.81 $17.80 $37,020
Gainesville, FL 30 0.25 2.66 $13.46 $28,000
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 60 0.24 2.46 $10.35 $21,540
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.22 2.33 $33.42 $69,520
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 2.15 $28.49 $59,250




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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.61 $80,310
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 1.46 $37.93 $78,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 550 0.39 4.11 $33.86 $70,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.22 2.33 $33.42 $69,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,080 0.80 8.31 $32.45 $67,500
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.10 1.00 $28.77 $59,850
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.05 0.48 $28.65 $59,590
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 2.15 $28.49 $59,250
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.57 5.99 $28.40 $59,080
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.46 4.83 $27.08 $56,330


About May 2012 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 mean 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013