Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
4,750 6.3 % $17.60 $36,600 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.70 $10.77 $14.62 $21.94 $31.09
Annual Wage (2) $18,100 $22,400 $30,400 $45,640 $64,670


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 3.73 $18.54 $38,550
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 430 1.08 $14.53 $30,220
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores 290 0.09 $12.54 $26,090
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 220 0.16 $20.38 $42,390
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 220 0.05 $22.29 $46,370

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 3.73 $18.54 $38,550
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 430 1.08 $14.53 $30,220
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 200 0.25 $17.50 $36,390
Performing Arts Companies 210 0.18 $18.53 $38,550
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 220 0.16 $20.38 $42,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 220 0.05 $22.29 $46,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 80 (7) $21.19 $44,070
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 220 0.16 $20.38 $42,390
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,860 3.73 $18.54 $38,550
Performing Arts Companies 210 0.18 $18.53 $38,550


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 1.21 $25.16 $52,330
Texas 330 0.03 0.85 $13.45 $27,970
Florida 310 0.04 1.17 $13.54 $28,160
Illinois 310 0.05 1.51 $20.51 $42,670
Ohio 300 0.06 1.62 $13.41 $27,900




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 50 0.20 5.44 $16.71 $34,750
Nevada 160 0.14 3.86 $17.74 $36,890
South Dakota 50 0.12 3.25 $16.37 $34,040
Maine 60 0.11 2.93 $11.33 $23,570
Alaska 30 0.11 2.94 $19.42 $40,400




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 1.21 $25.16 $52,330
Minnesota 80 0.03 0.88 $22.12 $46,000
New York 220 0.03 0.70 $21.79 $45,310
New Jersey 50 0.01 0.36 $20.83 $43,330
Illinois 310 0.05 1.51 $20.51 $42,670





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 370 0.09 2.63 $29.28 $60,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 250 0.07 1.92 $21.82 $45,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 0.75 $23.50 $48,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 2.43 $18.74 $38,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 110 0.06 1.73 $19.80 $41,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 80 0.04 0.99 $13.99 $29,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 80 0.03 0.77 $15.03 $31,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 70 0.04 1.05 $22.97 $47,770
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.88 $10.36 $21,540
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 2.38 $15.55 $32,340




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 30 0.18 5.03 $10.36 $21,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 2.43 $18.74 $38,990
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 2.38 $15.55 $32,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 2.63 $29.28 $60,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 250 0.07 1.92 $21.82 $45,390
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 110 0.06 1.73 $19.80 $41,190
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 1.62 $9.18 $19,100
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 1.66 $23.77 $49,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 70 0.04 1.05 $22.97 $47,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 80 0.04 0.99 $13.99 $29,090




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 370 0.09 2.63 $29.28 $60,900
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 1.66 $23.77 $49,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 0.75 $23.50 $48,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 70 0.04 1.05 $22.97 $47,770
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 250 0.07 1.92 $21.82 $45,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.77 $43,190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 110 0.06 1.73 $19.80 $41,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 2.43 $18.74 $38,990
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $17.66 $36,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $17.23 $35,830

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 7.15 $17.36 $36,110

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 7.15 $17.36 $36,110

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 70 0.26 7.15 $17.36 $36,110


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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