Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
29,270 4.5 % $33.44 $69,560 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.76 $21.94 $29.50 $41.06 $54.56
Annual Wage (2) $34,860 $45,640 $61,370 $85,410 $113,470


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 9,130 2.55 $40.58 $84,410
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,290 0.27 $30.64 $63,730
Software Publishers 3,720 1.31 $31.79 $66,130
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 2,940 0.68 $31.10 $64,690
Specialized Design Services 1,180 1.01 $30.16 $62,730

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 9,130 2.55 $40.58 $84,410
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 990 2.01 $35.90 $74,660
Software Publishers 3,720 1.31 $31.79 $66,130
Specialized Design Services 1,180 1.01 $30.16 $62,730
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 160 0.77 $29.09 $60,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,130 2.55 $40.58 $84,410
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores (8) (8) $40.57 $84,390
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 130 0.05 $36.50 $75,910
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 990 2.01 $35.90 $74,660
Other Information Services 560 0.33 $34.91 $72,610


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 9,220 0.64 2.87 $40.67 $84,590
New York 2,710 0.32 1.41 $34.60 $71,960
Washington 2,530 0.91 4.07 $32.92 $68,480
Texas 1,590 0.15 0.67 $27.20 $56,580
Illinois 950 0.17 0.75 $30.36 $63,160




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)
Washington 2,530 0.91 4.07 $32.92 $68,480
California 9,220 0.64 2.87 $40.67 $84,590
Oregon 640 0.40 1.76 $29.12 $60,570
Nevada 370 0.33 1.47 $23.98 $49,870
New York 2,710 0.32 1.41 $34.60 $71,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,220 0.64 2.87 $40.67 $84,590
New York 2,710 0.32 1.41 $34.60 $71,960
District of Columbia 110 0.16 0.73 $34.59 $71,940
Washington 2,530 0.91 4.07 $32.92 $68,480
New Mexico 120 0.16 0.72 $32.64 $67,900





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 5,730 1.48 6.59 $43.11 $89,660
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.65 7.35 $33.17 $68,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,280 0.44 1.97 $35.03 $72,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 1.05 4.65 $34.33 $71,400
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 850 2.05 9.11 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.22 0.99 $30.52 $63,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 790 0.35 1.55 $27.18 $56,540
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.78 3.45 $41.83 $87,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 710 0.34 1.51 $28.44 $59,150
Raleigh-Cary, NC 700 1.35 6.02 $26.57 $55,260




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 850 2.05 9.11 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.65 7.35 $33.17 $68,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,730 1.48 6.59 $43.11 $89,660
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 230 1.37 6.09 (8) (8)
Raleigh-Cary, NC 700 1.35 6.02 $26.57 $55,260
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 1.05 4.65 $34.33 $71,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.78 3.45 $41.83 $87,010
Eugene-Springfield, OR 90 0.66 2.93 $30.24 $62,910
Madison, WI 190 0.57 2.52 $23.24 $48,340
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 500 0.50 2.23 $29.32 $60,980




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,730 1.48 6.59 $43.11 $89,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.78 3.45 $41.83 $87,010
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 120 0.15 0.67 $37.80 $78,610
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (8) (8) (8) $36.84 $76,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.35 1.54 $36.40 $75,710
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.19 0.82 $35.14 $73,090
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,280 0.44 1.97 $35.03 $72,860
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.19 0.84 $34.85 $72,480
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.25 1.11 $34.36 $71,470
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 1.05 4.65 $34.33 $71,400


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.

(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