Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
34,690 2.0 % $49.03 $101,990 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.75 $30.57 $43.15 $60.63 $83.13
Annual Wage (2) $47,320 $63,590 $89,760 $126,110 $172,900


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 11,910 2.48 $50.69 $105,430
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,770 0.94 $41.91 $87,170
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,820 0.72 $57.12 $118,810
Specialized Design Services 2,450 1.86 $51.20 $106,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,890 0.08 $55.14 $114,690

Industries with the highest concentration 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 11,910 2.48 $50.69 $105,430
Specialized Design Services 2,450 1.86 $51.20 $106,490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,770 0.94 $41.91 $87,170
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 410 0.77 $47.62 $99,060
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,820 0.72 $57.12 $118,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.03 $65.72 $136,690
Employment Services 100 (7) $64.77 $134,730
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 110 0.10 $64.18 $133,500
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 450 0.31 $63.46 $131,990
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 30 0.01 $61.43 $127,770


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)
New York 7,710 0.86 3.41 $61.90 $128,750
California 6,270 0.40 1.61 $58.30 $121,260
Texas 1,830 0.16 0.63 $42.46 $88,320
Illinois 1,620 0.28 1.10 $44.09 $91,700
Pennsylvania 1,150 0.20 0.80 $36.16 $75,200




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 7,710 0.86 3.41 $61.90 $128,750
Oregon 770 0.44 1.76 $39.83 $82,850
District of Columbia 290 0.42 1.68 $51.61 $107,340
California 6,270 0.40 1.61 $58.30 $121,260
Missouri 1,020 0.38 1.50 $51.07 $106,230




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 7,710 0.86 3.41 $61.90 $128,750
California 6,270 0.40 1.61 $58.30 $121,260
Massachusetts 780 0.23 0.91 $52.21 $108,590
District of Columbia 290 0.42 1.68 $51.61 $107,340
Missouri 1,020 0.38 1.50 $51.07 $106,230





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,860 1.06 4.21 $63.22 $131,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,280 0.80 3.17 $60.53 $125,900
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.40 1.58 $45.08 $93,760
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.96 3.81 $64.42 $134,000
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 700 0.64 2.55 $40.99 $85,260
Kansas City, MO-KS 650 0.64 2.54 $45.62 $94,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.28 1.10 $46.08 $95,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 640 0.26 1.02 $43.47 $90,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 590 0.31 1.25 $39.71 $82,600
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 570 0.32 1.28 $54.74 $113,850




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,860 1.06 4.21 $63.22 $131,490
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.96 3.81 $64.42 $134,000
Boulder, CO 150 0.90 3.58 $41.83 $87,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,280 0.80 3.17 $60.53 $125,900
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 330 0.79 3.14 $42.04 $87,450
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 700 0.64 2.55 $40.99 $85,260
Kansas City, MO-KS 650 0.64 2.54 $45.62 $94,900
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 320 0.58 2.29 $53.57 $111,420
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.52 2.05 $59.76 $124,310
Danbury, CT 40 0.48 1.91 $29.26 $60,860




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 Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.96 3.81 $64.42 $134,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.19 0.77 $64.24 $133,630
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,860 1.06 4.21 $63.22 $131,490
Richmond, VA 270 0.43 1.71 $61.61 $128,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,280 0.80 3.17 $60.53 $125,900
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.52 2.05 $59.76 $124,310
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.27 1.08 $58.48 $121,630
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 390 0.30 1.21 $56.08 $116,640
Columbia, MO (8) (8) (8) $55.68 $115,810
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 570 0.32 1.28 $54.74 $113,850

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.94 (8) (8)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.25 $41.22 $85,730

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 30 0.32 1.25 $41.22 $85,730
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.94 (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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.25 $41.22 $85,730


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016