Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.


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)
11,830 6.3 % $25.67 $53,400 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.20 $14.39 $21.44 $31.38 $43.29
Annual Wage (2) $19,150 $29,920 $44,600 $65,270 $90,050


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 4,290 8.98 $24.00 $49,930
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,970 0.56 $31.72 $65,980
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 510 0.19 $23.02 $47,890
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 470 0.10 $25.83 $53,730
Software Publishers 420 0.16 $35.24 $73,310

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 4,290 8.98 $24.00 $49,930
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,970 0.56 $31.72 $65,980
Specialized Design Services 330 0.29 $20.25 $42,130
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 230 0.29 $16.79 $34,930
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 100 0.24 $14.07 $29,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 160 0.01 $36.27 $75,430
Software Publishers 420 0.16 $35.24 $73,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $34.39 $71,520
Employment Services 100 (7) $33.28 $69,230
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,970 0.56 $31.72 $65,980


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 4,240 0.30 3.28 $30.71 $63,880
New York 1,120 0.13 1.44 $26.81 $55,770
Florida 810 0.11 1.23 $15.41 $32,060
Michigan 490 0.13 1.38 $28.97 $60,260
Washington 450 0.17 1.79 $30.81 $64,090




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)
California 4,240 0.30 3.28 $30.71 $63,880
Utah 220 0.19 2.02 $20.98 $43,640
Washington 450 0.17 1.79 $30.81 $64,090
New York 1,120 0.13 1.44 $26.81 $55,770
Michigan 490 0.13 1.38 $28.97 $60,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 30 0.05 0.59 $46.07 $95,830
Washington 450 0.17 1.79 $30.81 $64,090
California 4,240 0.30 3.28 $30.71 $63,880
Michigan 490 0.13 1.38 $28.97 $60,260
Connecticut 190 0.12 1.29 $27.97 $58,170





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 2,960 0.77 8.40 $32.40 $67,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 0.18 1.92 $28.31 $58,880
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 510 0.42 4.50 $14.10 $29,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.31 3.38 $30.88 $64,220
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 1.05 $20.74 $43,130
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 310 0.30 3.24 $33.39 $69,450
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 2.37 $30.09 $62,580
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 200 0.12 1.32 $28.19 $58,640
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 190 0.19 2.10 $19.61 $40,800
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.39 4.26 $27.63 $57,470




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,960 0.77 8.40 $32.40 $67,390
Provo-Orem, UT 90 0.51 5.58 $16.53 $34,380
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 510 0.42 4.50 $14.10 $29,330
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.39 4.26 $27.63 $57,470
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.31 3.38 $30.88 $64,220
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 310 0.30 3.24 $33.39 $69,450
Gainesville, FL 40 0.30 3.23 $13.19 $27,430
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.23 2.44 $19.15 $39,830
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 2.37 $30.09 $62,580
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 190 0.19 2.10 $19.61 $40,800




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.07 0.75 $37.76 $78,530
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.14 1.51 $34.60 $71,980
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 310 0.30 3.24 $33.39 $69,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,960 0.77 8.40 $32.40 $67,390
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.31 3.38 $30.88 $64,220
St. Louis, MO-IL 70 0.06 0.63 $30.63 $63,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 2.37 $30.09 $62,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.08 0.87 $28.59 $59,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.08 0.84 $28.46 $59,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 0.18 1.92 $28.31 $58,880


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.

(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

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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