Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

27-1014 Multimedia Artists and Animators

Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.


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)
28,400 4.0 % $32.72 $68,060 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.73 $22.00 $29.25 $39.84 $52.58
Annual Wage (2) $34,800 $45,750 $60,830 $82,860 $109,370


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,180 2.32 $40.02 $83,250
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 3,990 0.27 $29.72 $61,820
Software Publishers 3,620 1.36 $31.16 $64,820
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 3,070 0.73 $30.68 $63,820
Specialized Design Services 1,260 1.10 $31.14 $64,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,180 2.32 $40.02 $83,250
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 870 1.82 $35.11 $73,030
Software Publishers 3,620 1.36 $31.16 $64,820
Specialized Design Services 1,260 1.10 $31.14 $64,780
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 3,070 0.73 $30.68 $63,820

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 8,180 2.32 $40.02 $83,250
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores (8) (8) $37.28 $77,540
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 870 1.82 $35.11 $73,030
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 160 0.07 $34.97 $72,730
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 120 0.03 $33.39 $69,440


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 8,840 0.63 2.85 $40.26 $83,730
New York 2,770 0.33 1.48 $33.98 $70,670
Washington 2,340 0.86 3.88 $32.28 $67,140
Texas 1,790 0.17 0.79 $27.48 $57,160
Illinois 1,040 0.19 0.84 $28.21 $58,680




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)
Washington 2,340 0.86 3.88 $32.28 $67,140
California 8,840 0.63 2.85 $40.26 $83,730
Oregon 530 0.34 1.52 $28.90 $60,110
Hawaii 200 0.34 1.55 $29.08 $60,480
New York 2,770 0.33 1.48 $33.98 $70,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,840 0.63 2.85 $40.26 $83,730
New York 2,770 0.33 1.48 $33.98 $70,670
Washington 2,340 0.86 3.88 $32.28 $67,140
Massachusetts 580 0.18 0.83 $31.23 $64,960
District of Columbia 110 0.18 0.80 $31.11 $64,710





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 5,060 1.32 5.98 $43.20 $89,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,210 0.44 1.97 $34.73 $72,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,120 1.54 6.98 $32.34 $67,270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.32 5.94 $35.06 $72,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 890 0.25 1.12 $29.02 $60,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 800 0.39 1.77 $29.44 $61,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 660 0.30 1.34 $26.76 $55,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.68 3.06 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 590 0.34 1.55 $25.64 $53,330
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 470 0.28 1.26 $32.12 $66,810




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,120 1.54 6.98 $32.34 $67,270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.32 5.94 $35.06 $72,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,060 1.32 5.98 $43.20 $89,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.68 3.06 (8) (8)
Madison, WI 170 0.52 2.36 $24.92 $51,820
Eugene-Springfield, OR 70 0.50 2.25 $28.87 $60,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 420 0.48 2.19 $36.06 $75,010
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 380 0.48 2.18 $24.98 $51,960
Honolulu, HI 200 0.46 2.10 $29.00 $60,320
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 120 0.46 2.08 $31.27 $65,040




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 5,060 1.32 5.98 $43.20 $89,860
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.31 1.39 $38.07 $79,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 420 0.48 2.19 $36.06 $75,010
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 90 0.11 0.50 $35.91 $74,680
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (8) (8) (8) $35.54 $73,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.32 5.94 $35.06 $72,920
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,210 0.44 1.97 $34.73 $72,240
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 30 0.16 0.72 $33.59 $69,870
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.50 $69,680
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 420 0.34 1.54 $33.28 $69,230


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.

(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

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

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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