Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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
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)
4,810 5.9 % $15.51 $32,270 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.27 $9.37 $12.82 $18.55 $27.98
Annual Wage (2) $17,210 $19,490 $26,650 $38,580 $58,200


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)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,860 3.89 $15.45 $32,130
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 620 1.52 $14.25 $29,640
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 330 0.25 (8) (8)
Performing Arts Companies 200 0.17 $16.66 $34,640
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 180 0.23 $16.22 $33,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,860 3.89 $15.45 $32,130
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 620 1.52 $14.25 $29,640
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 330 0.25 (8) (8)
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 180 0.23 $16.22 $33,740
Performing Arts Companies 200 0.17 $16.66 $34,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 100 0.03 $33.07 $68,790
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.05 $21.32 $44,350
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 60 0.01 $21.21 $44,110
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $20.37 $42,360
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.94 $37,310


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 500 0.04 0.96 $26.81 $55,750
Florida 350 0.05 1.30 $11.35 $23,600
Pennsylvania 310 0.06 1.51 $11.28 $23,470
Texas 300 0.03 0.79 $12.98 $27,000
New York 260 0.03 0.82 $16.60 $34,530




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)
Nevada 160 0.15 3.90 $18.13 $37,720
Wyoming 40 0.14 3.77 $15.22 $31,650
Maine 70 0.12 3.18 $13.14 $27,330
Montana 40 0.09 2.42 $11.58 $24,090
Alabama 160 0.09 2.42 $11.04 $22,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 500 0.04 0.96 $26.81 $55,750
Illinois 160 0.03 0.76 $19.28 $40,100
Nevada 160 0.15 3.90 $18.13 $37,720
Indiana 80 0.03 0.73 $17.15 $35,670
Connecticut 30 0.02 0.57 $17.04 $35,440





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 2.09 $29.46 $61,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 240 0.05 1.27 $15.86 $32,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 150 0.07 1.75 $15.77 $32,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 1.36 $10.49 $21,820
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 90 0.04 0.98 $15.24 $31,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 80 0.07 1.80 (8) (8)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.13 3.54 $11.78 $24,510
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 1.64 $16.01 $33,300
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 2.37 $10.86 $22,600
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 1.21 $24.88 $51,760




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)
Springfield, MO 40 0.21 5.73 $11.61 $24,140
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 40 0.19 5.19 $9.87 $20,530
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.13 3.54 $11.78 $24,510
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 2.37 $10.86 $22,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 2.09 $29.46 $61,270
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 80 0.07 1.80 (8) (8)
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.07 1.88 $20.80 $43,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 150 0.07 1.75 $15.77 $32,810
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 1.64 $16.01 $33,300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 1.21 $24.88 $51,760




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 2.09 $29.46 $61,270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 1.21 $24.88 $51,760
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.01 $45,790
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.07 1.88 $20.80 $43,260
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $18.22 $37,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.68 $36,780
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $16.73 $34,790
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN (8) (8) (8) $16.34 $33,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 0.48 $16.16 $33,620
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 1.64 $16.01 $33,300

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)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 15.91 $11.99 $24,930
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 3.32 $16.76 $34,850

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)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 15.91 $11.99 $24,930
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 3.32 $16.76 $34,850

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 3.32 $16.76 $34,850
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.44 $30,030
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 15.91 $11.99 $24,930


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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