Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-1011 Art Directors

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
29,700 2.3 % $45.24 $94,100 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.59 $27.87 $38.77 $55.39 $78.57
Annual Wage (2) $42,840 $57,970 $80,630 $115,210 $163,430


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 9,020 2.21 $46.09 $95,860
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,690 0.93 $39.11 $81,340
Specialized Design Services 2,640 2.31 $47.97 $99,770
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,870 0.53 $60.10 $125,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,080 0.06 $45.24 $94,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 2,640 2.31 $47.97 $99,770
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 9,020 2.21 $46.09 $95,860
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,690 0.93 $39.11 $81,340
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.62 $46.61 $96,940
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,870 0.53 $60.10 $125,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 590 0.05 $89.34 $185,830
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 180 0.13 $78.04 $162,330
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,870 0.53 $60.10 $125,010
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 200 0.08 $58.76 $122,210
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 610 0.47 $48.94 $101,790


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,900 0.42 1.81 $51.12 $106,330
New York 4,970 0.60 2.55 $61.58 $128,080
Illinois 2,000 0.36 1.55 $57.28 $119,150
Texas 1,650 0.16 0.70 $37.30 $77,590
Ohio 1,200 0.24 1.04 $38.33 $79,730




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,970 0.60 2.55 $61.58 $128,080
California 5,900 0.42 1.81 $51.12 $106,330
Minnesota 1,000 0.39 1.67 $35.71 $74,280
District of Columbia 250 0.39 1.66 $40.27 $83,760
Illinois 2,000 0.36 1.55 $57.28 $119,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,970 0.60 2.55 $61.58 $128,080
Illinois 2,000 0.36 1.55 $57.28 $119,150
California 5,900 0.42 1.81 $51.12 $106,330
Massachusetts 1,010 0.32 1.38 $43.93 $91,380
Washington 710 0.26 1.13 $43.29 $90,050

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,610 0.93 3.96 $61.81 $128,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.74 3.15 $56.20 $116,890
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.52 2.24 $58.62 $121,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.18 5.05 $52.45 $109,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 890 0.53 2.26 $36.10 $75,080
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 700 0.42 1.80 $46.26 $96,220
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 640 0.47 2.03 $44.66 $92,900
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.46 1.97 $39.99 $83,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 560 0.24 1.04 $37.02 $77,000
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 550 0.28 1.19 $42.22 $87,820




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.18 5.05 $52.45 $109,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,610 0.93 3.96 $61.81 $128,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.74 3.15 $56.20 $116,890
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 40 0.72 3.07 $27.93 $58,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 890 0.53 2.26 $36.10 $75,080
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.52 2.24 $58.62 $121,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 640 0.47 2.03 $44.66 $92,900
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.47 2.01 $45.06 $93,730
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.46 1.97 $39.99 $83,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 700 0.42 1.80 $46.26 $96,220




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 30 0.13 0.56 $73.31 $152,480
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,610 0.93 3.96 $61.81 $128,570
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 240 0.20 0.86 $58.81 $122,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.52 2.24 $58.62 $121,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.74 3.15 $56.20 $116,890
Winston-Salem, NC 40 0.18 0.77 $56.19 $116,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.35 1.50 $53.83 $111,960
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 60 0.12 0.49 $53.78 $111,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.18 5.05 $52.45 $109,100
Richmond, VA 130 0.23 0.98 $49.88 $103,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.65 $29.93 $62,240

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.65 $29.93 $62,240

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.65 $29.93 $62,240


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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