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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 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,210
25th Percentile Wage
$30,560
50th Percentile Wage
$47,190
75th Percentile Wage
$71,410
90th Percentile Wage
$103,360

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 $103,360. The median annual salary is $47,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,210.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,1902.18%6.91%
201546,1602.12%-
201445,1801.26%-
201344,6101.52%-
201243,930--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations (2016 Survey)

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 $25,660 to $89,820. The highest paid arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations are art directors with a median annual salary of $89,820. 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 $25,660. 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
$89,820
Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$75,700
Producers and Directors
$70,950
Artists and Related Workers
$70,080
Technical Writers
$69,850
Commercial and Industrial Designers
$67,790
Multimedia Artists and Animators
$65,300
Fashion Designers
$65,170
Actors, Producers, and Directors
$62,850
Film and Video Editors
$62,760
Writers and Editors
$61,550
Other Artists and Related Workers
$61,360
Writers and Authors
$61,240
Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors
$59,040
Public Relations Specialists
$58,020
Editors
$57,210
Broadcast News Analysts
$56,680
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
$55,080
Media and Communication Workers
$54,780
Sound Engineering Technicians
$53,680
Other Designers
$53,380
Set and Exhibit Designers
$50,990
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
$50,790
Music Directors and Composers
$50,110
Interior Designers
$49,810
Choreographers
$48,240
Athletes and Sports Competitors
$47,710
Graphic Designers
$47,640
Radio Operators
$46,250
Interpreters and Translators
$46,120
Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$45,680
Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers
$45,460
Art and Design Workers
$44,410
Other Media and Communication Workers
$43,600
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators
$42,590
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
$42,230
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers
$40,870
Designers
$40,800
News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
$38,870
Broadcast Technicians
$38,550
Reporters and Correspondents
$37,820
Dancers and Choreographers
$35,060
Photographers
$34,070
Craft Artists
$33,440
Coaches and Scouts
$31,460
Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers
$31,440
Radio and Television Announcers
$31,400
Announcers
$30,830
Public Address System and Other Announcers
$28,940
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
$26,700
Floral Designers
$25,850
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
$25,660