Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

27-1011 Art Directors

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.


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)
36,210 2.2 % $48.64 $101,170 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.39 $31.04 $43.18 $59.74 $80.00
Annual Wage (2) $48,660 $64,570 $89,820 $124,260 $166,400


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)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,570 2.39 $49.56 $103,090
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,580 0.95 $41.61 $86,550
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,940 0.70 $59.75 $124,290
Specialized Design Services 2,510 1.83 $52.96 $110,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,850 0.08 $55.87 $116,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,570 2.39 $49.56 $103,090
Specialized Design Services 2,510 1.83 $52.96 $110,150
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,580 0.95 $41.61 $86,550
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 440 0.82 $49.75 $103,480
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,940 0.70 $59.75 $124,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 110 0.11 $65.50 $136,240
Software Publishers 520 0.15 $63.26 $131,590
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,940 0.70 $59.75 $124,290
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.29 $59.52 $123,800
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 120 0.22 $58.76 $122,230


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)
New York 7,950 0.87 3.39 $59.76 $124,300
California 6,500 0.41 1.58 $60.60 $126,060
Texas 1,740 0.15 0.57 $41.07 $85,430
Illinois 1,730 0.29 1.14 $42.27 $87,920
Pennsylvania 1,210 0.21 0.82 $36.05 $74,990




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 650 0.93 3.61 $42.11 $87,590
New York 7,950 0.87 3.39 $59.76 $124,300
Oregon 980 0.55 2.12 $41.44 $86,190
California 6,500 0.41 1.58 $60.60 $126,060
Connecticut 640 0.38 1.49 $39.89 $82,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,500 0.41 1.58 $60.60 $126,060
New York 7,950 0.87 3.39 $59.76 $124,300
Missouri 870 0.32 1.22 $51.71 $107,560
Massachusetts 1,060 0.31 1.19 $50.07 $104,140
Washington 770 0.25 0.97 $48.56 $101,000





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,230 1.10 4.26 $60.93 $126,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,430 0.81 3.15 $62.46 $129,920
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.42 1.64 $43.43 $90,340
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.94 3.65 $67.92 $141,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 990 0.40 1.54 $42.82 $89,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 890 0.79 3.05 $42.83 $89,100
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 780 0.44 1.69 $52.22 $108,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 670 0.35 1.36 $38.96 $81,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 630 0.40 1.54 $50.47 $104,990
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 560 0.23 0.90 $44.10 $91,730




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)
Boulder, CO 230 1.29 4.99 $42.91 $89,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,230 1.10 4.26 $60.93 $126,740
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.94 3.65 $67.92 $141,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,430 0.81 3.15 $62.46 $129,920
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 890 0.79 3.05 $42.83 $89,100
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 290 0.70 2.70 $45.29 $94,200
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 90 0.51 1.96 $47.53 $98,860
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.49 1.90 $61.10 $127,100
Charlottesville, VA 50 0.49 1.92 $45.57 $94,790
Danbury, CT 40 0.48 1.88 $33.28 $69,230




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 1,000 0.94 3.65 $67.92 $141,280
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 40 0.13 0.52 $66.19 $137,680
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.26 1.00 $65.23 $135,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,430 0.81 3.15 $62.46 $129,920
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.49 1.90 $61.10 $127,100
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,230 1.10 4.26 $60.93 $126,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 320 0.30 1.17 $58.86 $122,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 420 0.31 1.22 $57.15 $118,870
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 250 0.18 0.71 $56.34 $117,190
Columbia, MO (8) (8) (8) $56.21 $116,930

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.68 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.68 (8) (8)


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

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Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017