Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

27-1012 Craft Artists

Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

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)
3,890 6.8 % $13.33 $27,720 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.09 $8.63 $11.31 $15.86 $21.39
Annual Wage (2) $14,740 $17,950 $23,520 $32,980 $44,490

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Independent artists, writers, and performers 760 $13.39 $27,840
Clay product and refractory manufacturing 760 $11.99 $24,940
Sporting goods and musical instrument stores 380 $8.54 $17,770
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 190 $11.65 $24,220
Performing arts companies 140 $14.54 $30,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Home furnishings stores 90 $21.16 $44,020
Specialized design services 90 $17.98 $37,390
Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores 40 $17.56 $36,530
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 30 $16.66 $34,650
Performing arts companies 140 $14.54 $30,240

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
Wyoming 40 $10.43 $21,690 0.016%
Rhode Island 40 $12.96 $26,960 0.008%
Ohio 370 $9.86 $20,500 0.007%
Utah 60 $11.84 $24,620 0.006%
Missouri 150 $10.86 $22,580 0.006%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 280 $19.10 $39,730 0.002%
New York 340 $17.55 $36,490 0.004%
New Jersey 70 $17.27 $35,920 0.002%
Maryland 70 $17.08 $35,530 0.003%
Georgia 190 $15.42 $32,080 0.005%

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
Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 80 $13.42 $27,920 0.009%
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 40 $12.84 $26,720 0.008%
San Diego, CA MSA 70 $14.24 $29,630 0.006%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 100 $14.79 $30,760 0.006%
Atlanta, GA MSA 140 $16.38 $34,060 0.006%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 130 $21.48 $44,670 0.003%
Orange County, CA PMSA 50 $21.19 $44,080 0.003%
Dallas, TX PMSA 30 $19.49 $40,540 0.002%
Atlanta, GA MSA 140 $16.38 $34,060 0.006%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 100 $14.79 $30,760 0.006%

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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