Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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 5.5 % $16.94 $35,240 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.54 $10.13 $14.23 $21.38 $30.84
Annual Wage (2) $17,770 $21,060 $29,600 $44,470 $64,150


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 1,940 3.94 $18.19 $37,840
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 530 1.32 $13.85 $28,810
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 280 0.35 $17.75 $36,920
Performing Arts Companies 230 0.20 $18.86 $39,230
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 220 0.16 $17.65 $36,700

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 1,940 3.94 $18.19 $37,840
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 530 1.32 $13.85 $28,810
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 280 0.35 $17.75 $36,920
Performing Arts Companies 230 0.20 $18.86 $39,230
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 220 0.16 $17.65 $36,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.04 $22.48 $46,760
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $22.33 $46,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $21.93 $45,610
Amusement Parks and Arcades 30 0.02 $19.37 $40,280
Performing Arts Companies 230 0.20 $18.86 $39,230


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 640 0.04 1.20 $26.53 $55,190
Texas 340 0.03 0.87 $13.34 $27,750
Florida 310 0.04 1.14 $14.60 $30,370
Illinois 250 0.04 1.21 $20.69 $43,030
Pennsylvania 230 0.04 1.11 $12.78 $26,590




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)
Wyoming 60 0.22 5.92 $15.33 $31,880
Nevada 170 0.15 4.10 $18.98 $39,480
Maine 70 0.12 3.33 $13.59 $28,260
Alaska 40 0.11 3.07 $18.86 $39,240
South Dakota 40 0.10 2.80 $15.76 $32,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 640 0.04 1.20 $26.53 $55,190
Illinois 250 0.04 1.21 $20.69 $43,030
Colorado 80 0.03 0.94 $20.23 $42,080
New York 80 0.01 0.27 $20.02 $41,640
Tennessee (8) (8) (8) $19.76 $41,100





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 400 0.10 2.82 $29.66 $61,700
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 1.56 $22.14 $46,060
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 3.19 $17.84 $37,110
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 150 0.19 5.03 $19.12 $39,760
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 1.36 $14.31 $29,750
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 1.93 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 90 0.04 1.07 $16.64 $34,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.93 $10.48 $21,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 70 0.05 1.39 $12.66 $26,330
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.11 3.03 $12.87 $26,770




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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 40 0.20 5.36 $10.20 $21,220
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 150 0.19 5.03 $19.12 $39,760
Anchorage, AK 30 0.19 5.04 $17.06 $35,480
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 30 0.15 4.19 $11.86 $24,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 3.19 $17.84 $37,110
Toledo, OH 30 0.11 2.87 $13.73 $28,560
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.11 3.03 $12.87 $26,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.10 2.82 $29.66 $61,700
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.09 2.38 $13.41 $27,890
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.09 2.52 $13.27 $27,590




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 400 0.10 2.82 $29.66 $61,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 1.04 $23.64 $49,180
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 1.56 $22.14 $46,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.14 $43,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $20.61 $42,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 30 0.02 0.54 $20.12 $41,840
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 150 0.19 5.03 $19.12 $39,760
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.08 2.16 $18.48 $38,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 3.19 $17.84 $37,110
Anchorage, AK 30 0.19 5.04 $17.06 $35,480

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)
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.83 22.52 (8) (8)

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)
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.83 22.52 (8) (8)

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.22 $42,050
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.34 $29,840


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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