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Salary of Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

The average annual salary of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations in the United States. The arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$99,000
75th Percentile Wage
$68,680
50th Percentile Wage
$45,180
25th Percentile Wage
$29,450
10th Percentile Wage
$20,200

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations is $99,000. The median annual salary is $45,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,200.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media professions and range from $24,090 to $85,610. The highest paid arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations are art directors with a median annual salary of $85,610. The lowest paid arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations in the United States are umpires, referees, and other sports officials with a median annual salary of $24,090. For more salary information about a specific arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Art Directors
$85,610
Producers and Directors
$69,100
Technical Writers
$69,030
Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$68,910
Artists and Related Workers
$65,860
Commercial and Industrial Designers
$64,620
Fashion Designers
$64,030
Multimedia Artists and Animators
$63,630
Broadcast News Analysts
$61,450
Writers and Editors
$59,710
Actors, Producers, and Directors
$59,560
Writers and Authors
$58,850
Other Artists and Related Workers
$58,250
Film and Video Editors
$57,210
Public Relations Specialists
$55,680
Editors
$54,890
Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors
$52,470
Media and Communication Workers
$52,370
Sound Engineering Technicians
$49,870
Set and Exhibit Designers
$49,810
Other Designers
$49,310
Interior Designers
$48,400
Music Directors and Composers
$48,180
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
$48,080
Radio Operators
$46,380
Graphic Designers
$45,900
Other Media and Communication Workers
$45,860
Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers
$44,390
Choreographers
$44,250
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
$43,890
Interpreters and Translators
$43,590
Athletes and Sports Competitors
$43,350
Art and Design Workers
$43,100
Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$41,790
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
$41,780
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators
$41,420
Designers
$39,850
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers
$39,700
News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
$37,200
Broadcast Technicians
$36,560
Reporters and Correspondents
$36,000
Dancers and Choreographers
$35,090
Craft Artists
$31,080
Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers
$30,670
Coaches and Scouts
$30,640
Photographers
$30,490
Radio and Television Announcers
$29,790
Announcers
$29,010
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
$26,590
Public Address System and Other Announcers
$25,730
Floral Designers
$24,750
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
$24,090