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Highest Paying Industries for Artists and Related Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for artists and related 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 $111,740, cut and sew apparel manufacturing is the highest paying industry for artists and related workers. It is followed by apparel manufacturing industry (average annual salary $109,160). 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 artists and related workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Artists and Related Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$111,740
70
2 Apparel Manufacturing
$109,160
70
3 Textile Mills
$100,100
40
4 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$96,940
460
5 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$96,720
30
6 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$93,160
70
7 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$89,120
560
8 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$88,180
40
9 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$87,330
60
10 Other Information Services
$83,920
1,790
11 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$81,100
2,330
12 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$79,810
60
13 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$79,590
60
14 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$79,240
90
15 Finance and Insurance
$79,070
330
16 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$78,930
1,780
17 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$78,820
15,260
18 Chemical Manufacturing
$78,330
80
19 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$77,890
270
20 Specialized Design Services
$77,660
4,450
21 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$77,510
3,330
22 Federal government, including USPS
$77,470
3,330
23 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$77,440
140
24 Software Publishers
$77,390
4,070
25 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$77,190
1,200
26 Wholesale Trade
$77,080
2,200
27 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,490
27,690
28 Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,440
310
29 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$76,060
80
30 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$75,180
50
31 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$74,680
50
32 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$74,420
1,830
33 Insurance Carriers
$74,260
180
34 Warehousing and Storage
$73,880
n/a
35 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$73,740
200
36 Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$73,060
50
37 Paper Manufacturing
$73,030
40
38 Office Administrative Services
$72,710
40
39 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$72,090
4,060
40 Federal, State, and Local Government
$72,090
4,060
41 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$71,600
80
42 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$71,330
4,790
43 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$71,280
n/a
44 Information
$71,000
25,550
45 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$70,950
70
46 Transportation and Warehousing
$70,660
80
47 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$70,380
9,170
48 Television Broadcasting
$70,030
1,200
49 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$69,620
40
50 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$69,510
1,290
51 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$69,390
12,250
52 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$69,330
60
53 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$69,220
12,350
54 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$69,090
440
55 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$68,820
280
56 Social Advocacy Organizations
$68,450
120
57 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$67,520
220
58 Furniture Stores
$66,770
40
59 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$66,120
540
60 Temporary Help Services
$66,030
n/a
61 Health Care and Social Assistance
$65,780
180
62 Administrative and Support Services
$65,620
870
63 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$65,620
870
64 Employment Services
$65,450
550
65 Radio Broadcasting
$65,420
80
66 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$65,230
110
67 Business Support Services
$65,080
60
68 Nonstore Retailers
$64,760
570
69 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$64,610
250
70 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$64,120
5,530
71 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$63,590
5,100
72 Engineering Services
$62,860
170
73 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$60,550
430
74 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$60,300
500
75 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$59,960
150
76 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$59,940
40
77 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$59,630
340
78 Testing Laboratories
$59,560
40
79 Other Support Services
$59,320
180
80 Machinery Manufacturing
$58,940
60
81 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$58,920
60
82 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$58,200
80
83 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$58,180
70
84 Printing and Related Support Activities
$58,080
790
85 Hospitals - Privately owned
$57,580
60
86 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$57,340
210
87 Accommodation
$57,210
90
88 Accommodation and Food Services
$57,210
90
89 Telecommunications
$57,060
140
90 Traveler Accommodation
$57,000
80
91 Educational Services - Local government owned
$56,770
370
92 Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$56,560
n/a
93 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$56,140
850
94 Religious Organizations
$55,560
70
95 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$55,260
270
96 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$54,980
n/a
97 Sound Recording Industries
$54,940
90
98 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$54,590
910
99 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$54,230
160
100 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$53,990
800