Artists and Related Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of artists and related workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of artists and related workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of artists and related workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The artists and related 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. Artists and Related Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,280
25th Percentile Wage
$48,500
50th Percentile Wage
$70,080
75th Percentile Wage
$99,680
90th Percentile Wage
$134,490

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for artists and related workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) artists and related workers is $134,490. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,280. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 304% 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 artists and related workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201670,0803.51%9.65%
201567,6202.60%-
201465,8601.55%-
201364,8402.34%-
201263,320--

Table 2. Artists and Related Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of artists and related workers in 17 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 artists and related workers occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $86,980. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $35,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$86,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$83,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,460
Information
$75,830
Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,770
Wholesale Trade
$74,270
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$71,580
Transportation and Warehousing
$70,500
Retail Trade
$66,030
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$64,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,070
Educational Services
$54,210
Manufacturing
$52,560
Accommodation and Food Services
$50,170
Health Care and Social Assistance
$49,150
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,420
Construction
$35,930


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