Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

27-1013 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of mediums and techniques, such as painting and sculpture.

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)
10,320 8.4 % $22.22 $46,210 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.03 $13.55 $19.83 $26.94 $36.98
Annual Wage (2) $18,780 $28,190 $41,240 $56,030 $76,920

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 2,060 $20.39 $42,410
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 1,180 $20.44 $42,510
Specialized design services 640 $25.27 $52,570
Federal government (OES designation) 320 $25.78 $53,630
Performing arts companies 280 $25.12 $52,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other amusement and recreation industries (7) $42.52 $88,440
Motion picture and video industries 230 $28.05 $58,350
Architectural and engineering services 180 $27.98 $58,200
Federal government (OES designation) 320 $25.78 $53,630
Specialized design services 640 $25.27 $52,570

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
Rhode Island 70 $20.36 $42,350 0.015%
Florida 1,110 $16.54 $34,400 0.015%
Vermont 40 $20.58 $42,800 0.014%
New York 1,020 $27.74 $57,710 0.012%
Massachusetts 380 $19.20 $39,930 0.012%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Michigan (7) $33.43 $69,530 (7)
New York 1,020 $27.74 $57,710 0.012%
Connecticut 90 $27.67 $57,550 0.005%
Illinois 340 $26.03 $54,130 0.006%
California 940 $24.64 $51,250 0.006%

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
Santa Fe, NM MSA 40 $23.86 $49,630 0.051%
Gainesville, FL MSA 60 $8.62 $17,930 0.048%
Orlando, FL MSA 300 $17.73 $36,870 0.032%
Huntsville, AL MSA 50 $21.26 $44,210 0.027%
New York, NY PMSA 840 $28.29 $58,850 0.021%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 70 $33.96 $70,640 0.006%
New York, NY PMSA 840 $28.29 $58,850 0.021%
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA 40 $27.34 $56,870 0.002%
Chicago, IL PMSA 290 $27.08 $56,320 0.007%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA (7) $25.58 $53,210 (7)

About November 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.

(7) Estimate not released.

All Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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