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Designers Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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

Average Annual Salary of Designers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,380
25th Percentile Wage
$32,590
50th Percentile Wage
$44,360
75th Percentile Wage
$60,900
90th Percentile Wage
$82,440

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for designers 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) designers is $82,440. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid designers is $24,380.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,3606.20%11.20%
201541,610-1.13%-
201442,0806.49%-
201339,350-0.10%-
201239,390--

Compare Designers Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of designers in 14 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 designers occupations is the amusement parks and arcades industry with an annual salary $57,790. The lowest paying industry is the other amusement and recreation industries industry (annual salary $33,030). For detailed designers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$57,790
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$49,490
Spectator Sports
$48,560
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$46,120
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$46,120
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$45,890
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$45,540
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$43,310
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$41,950
Performing Arts Companies
$41,230
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$40,200
Gambling Industries
$39,400
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$37,420
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$33,030

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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