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Highest Paying Industries for Art and Design Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for art and design workers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $90,180, support activities for mining is the highest paying industry for art and design workers. It is followed by mining industry (average annual salary $87,720). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of art and design workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Art and Design Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Support Activities for Mining
$90,180
n/a
2 Mining
$87,720
n/a
3 Footwear Manufacturing
$79,250
270
4 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$78,080
2,090
5 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$75,940
1,130
6 Scientific Research and Development Services
$75,780
2,360
7 Federal government, including USPS
$75,620
5,570
8 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$75,620
5,560
9 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$72,340
n/a
10 Software Publishers
$72,150
5,400
11 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$71,100
3,690
12 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$70,350
610
13 Other Information Services
$70,250
3,690
14 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$70,190
60
15 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$68,570
910
16 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$68,210
140
17 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$67,400
180
18 Natural Gas Distribution
$67,130
40
19 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$67,010
210
20 Other Telecommunications
$66,290
90
21 Forging and Stamping
$66,010
60
22 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$65,180
18,660
23 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$65,100
8,980
24 Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,100
8,980
25 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$64,810
18,970
26 Testing Laboratories
$64,170
530
27 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$64,080
540
28 Engineering Services
$63,550
5,470
29 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$62,800
4,090
30 Security Systems Services
$62,190
80
31 Ship and Boat Building
$62,060
240
32 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$61,940
460
33 Household Appliance Manufacturing
$61,610
360
34 Telecommunications
$61,510
810
35 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$61,220
220
36 Apparel Manufacturing
$60,900
4,440
37 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$60,770
620
38 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$60,760
1,130
39 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$60,030
13,290
40 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$59,670
90
41 Investigation and Security Services
$59,660
110
42 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$59,480
120
43 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$59,330
9,720
44 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$59,330
1,240
45 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$59,320
340
46 Other Financial Investment Activities
$59,290
280
47 Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$58,940
530
48 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$58,720
16,610
49 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$58,510
420
50 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$58,430
2,580
51 Offices of Physicians
$58,420
190
52 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$58,150
4,460
53 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$58,060
50
54 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$57,980
140
55 Facilities Support Services
$57,950
60
56 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$57,870
420
57 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$57,860
60
58 Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
$57,710
50
59 Depository Credit Intermediation
$57,590
400
60 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$57,540
70
61 Utilities
$57,420
110
62 Insurance Carriers
$57,320
1,170
63 Finance and Insurance
$56,860
2,760
64 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,820
20,040
65 Television Broadcasting
$56,580
3,300
66 Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$56,560
n/a
67 Social Advocacy Organizations
$56,510
540
68 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$56,400
14,500
69 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$56,300
1,490
70 Scheduled Air Transportation
$56,150
n/a
71 Air Transportation
$56,150
n/a
72 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$56,070
230
73 Machinery Manufacturing
$55,920
2,820
74 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$55,880
640
75 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$55,860
3,550
76 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$55,400
250
77 Information
$55,350
58,390
78 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$55,280
270
79 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$55,200
750
80 Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$55,030
310
81 Nonresidential Building Construction
$54,740
580
82 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$54,700
1,740
83 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$54,570
430
84 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$54,480
100
85 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$54,380
50
86 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$54,190
450
87 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$54,150
80
88 Chemical Manufacturing
$53,630
1,070
89 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$53,500
10,950
90 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$53,470
200
91 Other Insurance Related Activities
$53,430
130
92 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$53,380
n/a
93 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$53,360
70
94 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$53,340
110
95 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$53,260
420
96 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$53,190
440
97 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$53,180
2,230
98 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$53,170
300
99 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$52,590
1,470
100 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$52,410
360