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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Artists and Related Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,320
25th Percentile Wage
$51,090
50th Percentile Wage
$74,090
75th Percentile Wage
$103,090
90th Percentile Wage
$141,840

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 $141,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,320. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 313% 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 artists and related workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$74,090
5.41% 14.54%
2016
$70,080
3.51% -
2015
$67,620
2.60% -
2014
$65,860
1.55% -
2013
$64,840
2.34% -
2012
$63,320
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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 $89,870. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $41,390).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$89,870
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$83,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,680
Information
$81,290
Federal, State, and Local Government
$77,810
Wholesale Trade
$76,200
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$74,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$66,940
Transportation and Warehousing
$62,210
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$58,940
Manufacturing
$57,190
Retail Trade
$57,100
Educational Services
$55,710
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,370
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,480
Construction
$43,510
Accommodation and Food Services
$41,390



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