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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,770
25th Percentile Wage
$30,450
50th Percentile Wage
$45,250
75th Percentile Wage
$67,340
90th Percentile Wage
$96,150

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 $96,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,770. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 322% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of art and design workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$45,250
1.86% 6.63%
2016
$44,410
1.04% -
2015
$43,950
1.93% -
2014
$43,100
0.02% -
2013
$43,090
1.95% -
2012
$42,250
- -

Table 2. Art and Design Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of art and design workers in 19 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 $71,780. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $28,960).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$71,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,240
Information
$61,380
Mining
$60,700
Finance and Insurance
$60,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$58,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,070
Construction
$51,740
Educational Services
$51,400
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,930
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$50,670
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$45,920
Manufacturing
$45,090
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,050
Accommodation and Food Services
$38,760
Wholesale Trade
$38,110
Transportation and Warehousing
$29,540
Retail Trade
$28,960

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
$112,670
Other Artists and Related Workers
$78,150
Multimedia Artists and Animators
$74,820
Artists and Related Workers
$74,090
Set and Exhibit Designers
$69,700
Commercial and Industrial Designers
$67,810
Other Designers
$67,480
Interior Designers
$63,660
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
$60,150
Craft Artists
$47,490
Fashion Designers
$42,740
Designers
$41,480
Graphic Designers
$38,100
Floral Designers
$28,070
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
$18,570



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