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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
$24,800
25th Percentile Wage
$33,660
50th Percentile Wage
$45,580
75th Percentile Wage
$60,470
90th Percentile Wage
$78,730

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 $78,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid designers is $24,800.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$45,580
2.68% 13.58%
2016
$44,360
6.20% -
2015
$41,610
-1.13% -
2014
$42,080
6.49% -
2013
$39,350
-0.10% -
2012
$39,390
- -

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 promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry with an annual salary $50,740. The lowest paying industry is the fitness and recreational sports centers industry (annual salary $33,900). For detailed designers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$50,740
Spectator Sports
$49,770
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$47,880
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$47,880
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$45,650
Gambling Industries
$44,710
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$44,670
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$43,910
Performing Arts Companies
$43,310
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$42,440
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$40,870
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$39,590
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$38,450
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$33,900

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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