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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and EDIA Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the following jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Art Directors: $91,520

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches, and direct workers engaged in art work, layout design, and copy writing for visual communications media, such as magazines, books, newspapers, and packaging.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services:  $93,490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers: $79,720
Specialized Design Services: $103,740
Motion Picture and Video Industries: $110,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $87,380

Top paying industries for this occupation: 

Legal Services: $181,630
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers: $155,330
Motion Picture and Video Industries: $110,470
Warehousing and Storage: $109,430
Specialized Design Services: $103,740

States with the highest published employment concentrations for this occupation: 

New York: $121,890
District of Columbia: $78,270
California: $105,040
Minnesota: $78,960
Massachusetts: $97,180

Top paying States for this occupation:

New York: $121,890
Illinois: $114,450
California: $105,040
Massachusetts: $97,180
New Jersey: $88,570

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation: 

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $114,030
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI: $53,680
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $124,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $109,690
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: $84,000

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation: 

New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $124,950
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $118,710
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $114,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $111,450
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division: $111,330

 

Producers and Directors $86,870

Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation:

Motion Picture and Video Industries: $108,580
Radio and Television Broadcasting: $74,190
Cable and Other Subscription Programming: $86,680
Performing Arts Companies: $56,400
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services: $109,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services: $123,140
Other Telecommunications: $116,710
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services: $109,000
Motion Picture and Video Industries: $108,580
Specialized Design Services: $105,600

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation: 

District of Columbia: $87,580
New York: $114,290
California: $120,530
Connecticut: $79,710
Massachusetts: $69,580

Top paying States for this occupation:

California: $120,530
New York: $114,290
District of Columbia: $87,580
Connecticut: $79,710
Oregon: $78,430

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations for this occupation:

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $132,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $116,340
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $96,860
Great Falls, MT: $30,730

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $132,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $116,340
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division: $102,370
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $96,860
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA: $94,730

 

Athletes and Sports Competitors $80,950

Compete in athletic events.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation:

Spectator Sports: $97,650
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries: $49,700
Local Government (OES Designation): $43,500
Traveler Accommodation: $48,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Spectator Sports: $97,650
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $53,610
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries: $49,700
Traveler Accommodation: $48,280
Local Government (OES Designation): $43,500

States with the highest published employment concentrations for this occupation: 

Florida: $56,680
Louisiana: $51,590
Missouri: $102,880
Idaho: $25,190

Top paying States for this occupation: 

Colorado: $141,730 
New York: $139,810
Minnesota: $130,000
California: $126,200
Washington: $117,980

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Ann Arbor, MI: $58,310
Boise City-Nampa, ID: $22,700
Rockford, IL: $33,980
Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:
St. Louis, MO-IL : $179,590
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC:  $142,630
Denver-Aurora, CO: $142,060
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: $139,100

 

Fashion Designers $74,410:

Design clothing and accessories. Create original garments or design garments that follow well established fashion trends. Employees may develop the line of color and kinds of materials.              

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers: $73,150
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing: $78,320
Specialized Design Services: $80,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $79,570
Performing Arts Companies: $53,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Motion Picture and Video Industries: $92,850
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers: $92,700
Specialized Design Services: $80,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $79,570
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers: $79,380

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation: 

New York: $79,800
California: $81,490
New Jersey: $71,570
Maine: $81,540

Top paying States for this occupation:

New Hampshire: $85,460
Maine: $81,540
California: $81,490
Connecticut: $81,070
New York: $79,800

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $79,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $83,930
Columbus, OH: $58,710
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME: $82,510
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division: $84,590

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation: 

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: $87,110
Madison, WI: $86,250
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division: $85,250 
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division: $84,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $83,930

 

Broadcast News Analysts $67,990

Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Radio and Television Broadcasting: $68,480
Cable and Other Subscription Programming: $73,740
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers: $59,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $52,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Cable and Other Subscription Programming: $73,740
Radio and Television Broadcasting: $68,480
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers: $59,320
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services: $54,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $52,580

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

District of Columbia: $66,890
Idaho: $45,940
Montana: $57,450
Oregon: $64,390
South Dakota: $39,920

Top paying States for this occupation:

Florida: $108,500
Colorado: $98,420
Tennessee: $84,860
Illinois: $81,030
Texas: $80,060

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Idaho Falls, ID: $34,510
Raleigh-Cary, NC: $54,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $79,350
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN: $77,950

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation: 

Denver-Aurora, CO: $118,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division: $111,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $107,450
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA: $104,820
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division: $99,810

 

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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