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Distinct Groups (41):
Employment: 1,902,970
Mean Hourly Wage: $28.07
Mean Annual Wage: $58,390
Largest Employment Category—Coaches and Scouts--230,930
Smallest Employment CategoryRadio Operators--870
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

The Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 41 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. 

Of these 41 job types, the following have been categorized as “Bright Outlook Occupations for the period of 2016-2026, meaning they are anticipated to have Rapid Growth” (projected to grow faster than average—an increase of 10% or more) and/or “Numerous Job Openings” (100,000 or more job openings) during the period. 

The Bright Outlook jobs for this occupation are listed below.

Actors Rapid Growth  Video
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Coaches and Scouts Rapid Growth Video
Film and Video Editors Rapid Growth  Video
Interpreters and Translators Rapid Growth  Video
Media and Communication Workers Rapid Growth Video 
Producers and Directors Rapid Growth  Video
Set and Exhibit Designers Rapid Growth  Video
Technical Writers Rapid Growth  Video

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here. https://www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 1,902,970 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $58,390.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media group’s mean hourly wage of $28.072, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $58,390. 

Note that several job classifications in this group including, Actors, Dancers, Musicians and Singers and Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other, that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported separately as either hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how their typical manner of payment. 

Did you know? You might find it hard to believe that the States with the 4th and 5th highest concentration of jobs in this occupation are…Vermont (18.75 per 1,000 jobs) and Colorado (15.58 per 1,000 jobs). Consider also, however, that annual mean wage in Vermont’s ($46,280) and Colorado ($52,410) are well below that of Washington, D.C. ($87,960), the leader in this occupation in pay and job concentration rate (51.51 per 1,000 jobs).  Nearly 18% of the 1,902,970 jobs in this occupation (excluding self-employed) are in the New York City and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid: 

Job Title (# of members)                                                                      Annual Mean Wage 
1. Art Directors  (36,210) $101,170
2. Producers and Directors (114,510) $93,840
3. Athletes and Sports Competitors (10,260) $83,730
4. Film and Video Editors (29,880) $82,190
5. Broadcast News Analysts (5,070) $78,200
6. Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other (18,620) $76,500
7. Fashion Designers (19,230) $76,480
8. Technical Writers (49,780) $73,160
9. Multimedia Artists and Animators (29,810) $72,200
10. Writers and Authors (44,690) $71,920
11. Commercial and Industrial Designers (31,860) $70,880
12. Public Relations Specialists (226,940) $66,540
13. Editors (97,170) $66,080
14. Sound Engineering Technicians (15,210) $65,240
15. Artists and Related Workers, All Other (7,010) $64,630
16. Designers, All Other (7,230) $63,270
17. Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture (21,710) $63,200
18. Music Directors and Composers (18,380) $60,630
19. Set and Exhibit Designers (12,060) $57,600
20. Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators (11,520) $57,410
21. Interior Designers (53,160) $56,220
22. Choreographers (5,160) $53,610
23. Graphic Designers (210,710) $52,290
24. Interpreters and Translators (51,350) $51,260
25. Media and Communication Workers, All Other (23,310) $50,860
26. Reporters and Correspondents (40,090) $49,770
27. Radio and Television Announcers (29,210) $48,170
28. Audio and Video Equipment Technicians (69,670) $47,450
29. Radio Operators (870) $46,780
30. Broadcast Technicians (30,330) $45,430
31. Public Address System and Other Announcers (8,020) $42,740
32. Photographers (48,660) $42,640
33. Coaches and Scouts (230,930) $41,000
34. Craft Artists (5,070) $38,900
35. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials (18,660) $35,540
36. Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers (114,690) $30,090
37. Floral Designers (43,990) $27,610
38. Actors (48,620) ***
39. Dancers (10,060) ***
40. Musicians and Singers (40,110) ***
41. Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other (13,150) ***

***Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

What's Hot

What’s Hot: In the high profile Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media group, including such occupations as Producers and Directors (mean annual wage at $93,840), Athletes and Sports Competitors at $83,730, Fashion Designers ($76,480), Broadcast News Analysts ($78,200) and Writers and Authors ($71,920), it is the Art Directors who head up the Best Paid list ($101,170).

What’s Not: Although ingenious Floral Designers make or break many a Valentine’s Day for guys throughout the U.S., they don’t receive nearly enough credit or compensation as they head up the Least Paid list with a mean annual wage of $27,610. Similarly, the athletes are the ‘players’ among the Best Paid; it is their supporting cast, the Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials at $35,540, Coaches and Scouts ($41,000); and Public Address System and Other Announcers at $42,740, who really seem to participate for the ‘love of the sport’, as all are among the Least Paid.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupational group are: 

California (316,760 workers)
New York (206,470)
Texas (125,800)
Florida (97,120)
Illinois (69,260) 

States with the highest concentration of jobs are: 

District of Columbia  (51.51 per 1,000 jobs)
New York  (22.69)
California (19.84)
Vermont (18.75)
Colorado  (15.58) 

The top paying States for this occupation are below. Particularly impressive about New York and California is that they enjoy high mean wages on large employment bases as California has 316,760 members in this occupational group and Texas has 125,800, while New Jersey, in contrast, has far fewer (43,460 members):

District of Columbia ($87,960 annual mean wage)
New York  ($77,460)
California ($74,610)
Massachusetts ($63,880)
New Jersey ($59,490)