Independent artists, writers, and performers

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Workforce
49.8k
2018 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
43.7
Estimated Job Growth
0.4%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$46,551
Average Male Salary
$50,841
Average Female Salary
$41,429

About

The top three occupations in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group are Writers & authors, Artists & related workers, Musicians and singers, Actors, and Other managers. On average, full-time employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group work 45.7 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $64,261. Part-time employees in the same industry work 20.7 hours and earn an average annual salary of $20,829.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group are West Hollywood & Beverly Hills Cities PUMA, CA, LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA, and Park Slope, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook PUMA, NY. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Independent artists, writers, and performers.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group. Writers & authors are the most common position, but the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Disc jockeys, except radio, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Independent artists, writers, and performers goes to Software developers.

Occupations

Occupations by Share

49.8k
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 146k

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 49.8k people employed in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group in 2018.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Independent artists, writers, and performers by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Writers & authors represent the largest share of positions held in Independent artists, writers, and performers at 18%, followed by Artists & related workers with 17.1% and Musicians and singers with 12.7%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group, by number of employees, are Writers & authors, Artists & related workers, Musicians and singers, Actors, and Other managers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Independent artists, writers, and performers employs an unusually high number of Disc jockeys, except radio, Artists & related workers, and Actors.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Independent artists, writers, and performers, by average wage, are Software developers, General & operations managers, and Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes.

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Wages

Average Salary

$46,551
AVERAGE WAGE
± $4,507

On average, employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group make $46,551 per year. This number makes Independent artists, writers, and performers the 177 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.562
WAGE GINI

Independent artists, writers, and performers has a wage GINI of 0.562, which is more than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Independent artists, writers, and performers (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $50,841 and $41,429. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

66.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±6.34k
79.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
±6.93k

54.4% of workers in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$50,841
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$5,944
$41,429
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$6,854

On average, Male workers in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group make 1.23 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. White
  2. Two or More Races
  3. Black

On average, White employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group earn 1.03 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group is Professional and business services.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Independent artists, writers, and performers is from Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Independent artists, writers, and performers is from Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services.

The Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Independent artists, writers, and performers is from Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services.

The Professional and business services Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the independent artists, writers, and performers industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 6.89% in the next ten years. The independent artists, writers, and performers industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 0.4%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (2.4%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (22.9%).

Job Growth

0.4%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for the independent artists, writers, and performers industry.

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Output Growth

2.4%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the independent artists, writers, and performers industry.

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