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Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupation Profiles



Distinct Groups (41):
Employment: 1,902,970
Mean Hourly Wage: $28.07
Mean Annual Wage: $58,390
Largest Employment Category—Coaches and Scouts--230,930
Smallest Employment CategoryRadio Operators--870
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.


The Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 41 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Of these 41 job types, the following have been categorized as “Bright Outlook Occupations for the period of 2016-2026, meaning they are anticipated to have Rapid Growth” (projected to grow faster than average—an increase of 10% or more) and/or “Numerous Job Openings” (100,000 or more job openings) during the period. 

The Bright Outlook jobs for this occupation are listed below.

Actors Rapid Growth  Video
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Coaches and Scouts Rapid Growth Video
Film and Video Editors Rapid Growth  Video
Interpreters and Translators Rapid Growth  Video
Media and Communication Workers Rapid Growth Video
Producers and Directors Rapid Growth  Video
Set and Exhibit Designers Rapid Growth  Video
Technical Writers Rapid Growth  Video

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here. https://www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 1,902,970 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $58,390.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media group’s mean hourly wage of $28.072, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $58,390. 

Note that several job classifications in this group including, Actors, Dancers, Musicians and Singers and Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other, that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported separately as either hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how their typical manner of payment. 

Did you know? You might find it hard to believe that the States with the 4th and 5th highest concentration of jobs in this occupation are…Vermont (18.75 per 1,000 jobs) and Colorado (15.58 per 1,000 jobs). Consider also, however, that annual mean wage in Vermont’s ($46,280) and Colorado ($52,410) are well below that of Washington, D.C. ($87,960), the leader in this occupation in pay and job concentration rate (51.51 per 1,000 jobs).  Nearly 18% of the 1,902,970 jobs in this occupation (excluding self-employed) are in the New York City and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. 

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Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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