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
$19,520
25th Percentile Wage
$28,150
50th Percentile Wage
$44,420
75th Percentile Wage
$65,540
90th Percentile Wage
$106,390

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 $106,390. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid artists and related workers is $19,520.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of artists and related workers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,4201.87%11.95%
201543,5907.55%-
201440,300-0.37%-
201340,4503.31%-
201239,110--

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 eleven 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 promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry with an annual salary $52,020. The lowest paying industry is the other amusement and recreation industries industry (annual salary $18,590). For detailed artists and related worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$52,020
Performing Arts Companies
$51,320
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$48,450
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$48,450
Spectator Sports
$47,040
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$45,680
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$44,510
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$42,750
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$36,480
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$34,100
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$18,590

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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