Artists and Related Worker Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of artists and related workers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare artists and related worker salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Artists and Related Workers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,710
25th Percentile Wage
$29,700
50th Percentile Wage
$46,370
75th Percentile Wage
$66,850
90th Percentile Wage
$106,020

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for artists and related workers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) artists and related workers is $106,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid artists and related workers is $19,710.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of artists and related workers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$46,370
4.21% 15.66%
2016
$44,420
1.87% -
2015
$43,590
7.55% -
2014
$40,300
-0.37% -
2013
$40,450
3.31% -
2012
$39,110
- -

Compare Artists and Related Worker Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of artists and related workers in 13 industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for artists and related worker occupations is the gambling industries industry with an annual salary $66,420. The lowest paying industry is the other amusement and recreation industries industry (annual salary $27,970). For detailed artists and related worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Gambling Industries
$66,420
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$62,600
Performing Arts Companies
$51,330
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$51,110
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$51,110
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$48,810
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$47,930
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$46,430
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$46,250
Spectator Sports
$33,940
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$30,490
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$29,760
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$27,970

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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