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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. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,040
25th Percentile Wage
$31,260
50th Percentile Wage
$48,230
75th Percentile Wage
$72,680
90th Percentile Wage
$103,810

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 $103,810. The median annual salary is $48,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,040.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$48,230
2.16% 8.92%
2016
$47,190
2.18% -
2015
$46,160
2.12% -
2014
$45,180
1.26% -
2013
$44,610
1.52% -
2012
$43,930
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media professions, ranging from $26,350 to $92,500. The highest-paid arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations are art directors with a median annual salary of $92,500. The lowest-paid arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations in the United States are floral designers with a median annual salary of $26,350. 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
$92,500
Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$79,500
Artists and Related Workers
$74,090
Producers and Directors
$71,620
Technical Writers
$70,930
Multimedia Artists and Animators
$70,530
Fashion Designers
$67,420
Commercial and Industrial Designers
$65,970
Other Artists and Related Workers
$63,540
Broadcast News Analysts
$62,910
Actors, Producers, and Directors
$62,760
Writers and Editors
$62,720
Writers and Authors
$61,820
Film and Video Editors
$61,180
Public Relations Specialists
$59,300
Editors
$58,770
Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors
$58,210
Media and Communication Workers
$56,340
Other Designers
$55,930
Sound Engineering Technicians
$55,810
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
$53,550
Set and Exhibit Designers
$53,090
Interior Designers
$51,500
Athletes and Sports Competitors
$51,370
Music Directors and Composers
$50,590
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
$49,520
Graphic Designers
$48,700
Choreographers
$48,420
Other Media and Communication Workers
$47,900
Miscellaneous Media and Communication Workers
$47,360
Interpreters and Translators
$47,190
Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$45,570
Art and Design Workers
$45,250
Radio Operators
$44,330
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators
$42,660
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
$42,190
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers
$42,010
Designers
$41,480
News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
$40,910
Reporters and Correspondents
$39,370
Broadcast Technicians
$39,060
Dancers and Choreographers
$35,680
Craft Artists
$34,940
Photographers
$32,490
Radio and Television Announcers
$32,450
Coaches and Scouts
$32,270
Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers
$32,200
Announcers
$31,500
Public Address System and Other Announcers
$28,440
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
$27,680
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
$26,800
Floral Designers
$26,350