Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

27-1011 Art Directors

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches, and direct workers engaged in art work, layout design, and copy writing for visual communications media, such as magazines, books, newspapers, and packaging.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
26,870 2.6 % $35.21 $73,240 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.07 $23.02 $30.69 $42.37 $59.29
Annual Wage (2) $35,500 $47,890 $63,840 $88,120 $123,320

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Advertising and related services 9,930 $37.63 $78,280
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 3,480 $31.62 $65,770
Specialized design services 2,850 $39.14 $81,410
Management of companies and enterprises 1,420 $37.31 $77,600
Motion picture and video industries 700 $46.07 $95,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Apparel and piece goods merchant wholesalers 70 $64.43 $134,000
Motion picture and video industries 700 $46.07 $95,830
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing 30 $44.52 $92,610
Other support services 210 $42.63 $88,660
Religious organizations 140 $41.77 $86,880

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New York 5,050 $43.28 $90,020 0.061%
Minnesota 950 $34.54 $71,850 0.037%
District of Columbia 210 $34.86 $72,510 0.035%
Illinois 1,860 $34.74 $72,270 0.033%
Massachusetts 1,000 $34.16 $71,050 0.032%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New York 5,050 $43.28 $90,020 0.061%
California 3,580 $41.57 $86,460 0.025%
Connecticut 390 $41.14 $85,570 0.024%
Washington 600 $38.83 $80,770 0.023%
Georgia 590 $35.96 $74,800 0.016%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 4,150 $46.05 $95,790 0.104%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 190 $45.88 $95,420 0.095%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 610 $50.21 $104,430 0.064%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 830 $35.49 $73,820 0.049%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 840 $34.17 $71,070 0.044%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 610 $50.21 $104,430 0.064%
New York, NY PMSA 4,150 $46.05 $95,790 0.104%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 190 $45.88 $95,420 0.095%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 1,640 $42.75 $88,920 0.041%
Denver, CO PMSA 180 $40.65 $84,560 0.016%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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