Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

SOC major groups



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. These and other data elements, including the 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages, are available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1,595,710 $17.39 $21.01 $43,710 0.6 %
27-1011 Art Directors 26,870 $30.69 $35.21 $73,240 1.1 %
27-1012 Craft Artists 3,890 $11.31 $13.33 $27,720 3.0 %
27-1013 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 9,570 $18.30 $20.98 $43,640 3.2 %
27-1014 Multi-Media Artists and Animators 30,210 $24.21 $27.65 $57,520 3.9 %
27-1019 Artists and Related Workers, All Other 5,370 $14.72 $18.02 $37,490 3.0 %
27-1021 Commercial and Industrial Designers 33,050 $25.15 $26.77 $55,670 1.5 %
27-1022 Fashion Designers 12,100 $26.85 $30.84 $64,150 2.2 %
27-1023 Floral Designers 67,710 $9.83 $10.51 $21,860 1.1 %
27-1024 Graphic Designers 159,720 $18.28 $20.25 $42,120 0.7 %
27-1025 Interior Designers 46,360 $19.56 $21.59 $44,900 0.8 %
27-1026 Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers 62,220 $10.89 $12.51 $26,020 2.5 %
27-1027 Set and Exhibit Designers 8,750 $17.21 $19.23 $40,000 2.0 %
27-1029 Designers, All Other 12,650 $20.31 $22.27 $46,320 3.2 %
27-2011 Actors 59,000 $11.28 $22.48 (6) 4.3 %
27-2012 Producers and Directors 55,260 $25.40 $34.84 $72,470 4.8 %
27-2021 Athletes and Sports Competitors 12,250 (4) (4) $86,690 5.1 %
27-2022 Coaches and Scouts 122,930 (4) (4) $32,780 1.0 %
27-2023 Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials 11,440 (4) (4) $27,850 4.0 %
27-2031 Dancers 14,880 $8.54 $12.15 (6) 3.0 %
27-2032 Choreographers 15,360 $16.19 $18.39 $38,250 2.6 %
27-2041 Music Directors and Composers 8,870 $16.62 $21.06 $43,810 4.8 %
27-2042 Musicians and Singers 52,000 $17.85 $24.96 (6) 3.8 %
27-2099 Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other 54,800 $16.73 $18.82 (6) 6.5 %
27-3011 Radio and Television Announcers 41,430 $10.64 $15.22 $31,650 1.5 %
27-3012 Public Address System and Other Announcers 8,180 $10.56 $14.08 $29,290 2.4 %
27-3021 Broadcast News Analysts 6,930 $17.78 $27.28 $56,740 2.8 %
27-3022 Reporters and Correspondents 52,550 $15.06 $18.58 $38,650 1.4 %
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists 166,210 $21.07 $23.80 $49,510 0.7 %
27-3041 Editors 100,790 $21.10 $23.65 $49,190 0.8 %
27-3042 Technical Writers 45,100 $25.71 $27.24 $56,650 0.7 %
27-3043 Writers and Authors 42,780 $21.32 $25.52 $53,080 3.0 %
27-3091 Interpreters and Translators 25,410 $16.28 $17.61 $36,630 1.3 %
27-3099 Media and Communication Workers, All Other 27,380 $19.64 $21.66 $45,060 2.0 %
27-4011 Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 40,050 $15.66 $17.62 $36,650 1.3 %
27-4012 Broadcast Technicians 29,940 $13.47 $16.14 $33,560 1.5 %
27-4013 Radio Operators 1,670 $15.73 $17.06 $35,490 3.3 %
27-4014 Sound Engineering Technicians 11,650 $18.32 $21.91 $45,570 2.4 %
27-4021 Photographers 54,400 $12.54 $15.00 $31,200 1.8 %
27-4031 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 21,600 $18.08 $20.04 $41,690 4.0 %
27-4032 Film and Video Editors 15,800 $20.96 $24.37 $50,690 2.2 %
27-4099 Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other 18,570 $19.77 $22.36 $46,510 3.0 %

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

(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.

(4) Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

(6) There is wide variation in the number of hours worked by those employed as actors, dancers, musicians, and singers. Many jobs are for a duration of 1 day or 1 week and it is extremely rare for a performer to have guaranteed employment for a period that exceeds 3 to 6 months.


National OES estimates by SOC major group



May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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