Art and Design Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of art and design workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of art and design workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of art and design workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The art and design workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Art and Design Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,050
25th Percentile Wage
$29,690
50th Percentile Wage
$44,410
75th Percentile Wage
$65,700
90th Percentile Wage
$94,010

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for art and design workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) art and design workers is $94,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,050. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 326% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of art and design workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,4101.04%4.86%
201543,9501.93%-
201443,1000.02%-
201343,0901.95%-
201242,250--

Table 2. Art and Design Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of art and design workers in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for art and design workers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $70,410. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $27,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$70,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$67,150
Information
$59,010
Finance and Insurance
$57,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,100
Construction
$51,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,630
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,320
Educational Services
$49,760
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,910
Manufacturing
$44,560
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,390
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,280
Accommodation and Food Services
$38,880
Wholesale Trade
$38,700
Transportation and Warehousing
$33,440
Retail Trade
$27,750

Table 3. Salaries of Art and Design Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of art and design worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Art Directors
$89,820
Artists and Related Workers
$70,080
Commercial and Industrial Designers
$67,790
Multimedia Artists and Animators
$65,300
Fashion Designers
$65,170
Other Artists and Related Workers
$61,360
Other Designers
$53,380
Set and Exhibit Designers
$50,990
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
$50,790
Interior Designers
$49,810
Graphic Designers
$47,640
Designers
$40,800
Craft Artists
$33,440
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
$26,700
Floral Designers
$25,850


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