Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

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Workforce
2.43M
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
38
Estimated Job Growth
9.62%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$35,643
Average Male Salary
$40,832
Average Female Salary
$29,662

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The top three occupations in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Group are Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors, Other managers, Other entertainment attendants and related workers, Lifeguards & other recreational, & all other protective service workers, and Landscaping and groundskeeping workers. On average, full-time employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector work 43.2 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $50,490. Part-time employees in the same industry work 19.4 hours and earn an average annual salary of $13,830.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector are Disney-International Drive Region PUMA, FL, Spring Valley & Summerlin South PUMA, NV, and West Hollywood & Beverly Hills Cities PUMA, CA. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.

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Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors are the most common position, but the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector employs a relatively high number of Athletes and sports competitors, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation goes to Advertising sales agents.

Monthly Employment

Start Year
Y-Axis
59.4%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 1.91M people employed in the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation industry. This represents a 59.4% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations by Share

2.43M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 3.23M
2.83%
1 Year Growth
± 1.87%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 2.43M people employed in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector has been growing at a rate of 2.83%, , from 3.15M people in 2018 to 3.23M people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors represent the largest share of positions held in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation at 6.26%, followed by Other managers with 6.07% and Other entertainment attendants and related workers with 6.03%.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Sub-Sectors, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation employs an unusually high number of Athletes and sports competitors, Gaming services workers, and Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, by average wage, are Advertising sales agents, Operations research analysts, and Advertising & promotions managers.

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Wages

Average Salary

$35,643
AVERAGE WAGE
± $708

On average, employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector make $35,643 per year. This number makes Arts, Entertainment & Recreation the 19 highest paying Industry Sub-Sector in the United States out of a total of 21 Industry Sub-Sectors.

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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 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage Distribution

0.537
WAGE GINI

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation has a wage GINI of 0.537, which is more than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (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 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector.

These are locations that employ more people in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $40,832 and $29,662. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

1.5M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±29.9k
1.73M
MALE WORKFORCE
±32.1k

53.5% of workers in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$40,832
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$1,105
$29,662
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$819

On average, Male workers in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector make 1.38 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. Alaska Native
  3. White

On average, Asian employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector earn 1.1 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 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector. 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 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector 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 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation is from Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services.
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Intermediate Inputs

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

The Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector 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 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 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 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Sub-Sector for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 7.66% in the next ten years. The Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation industry has a higher projected workforce growth at 9.62%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (24.4%) is higher than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation.
9.62%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
7.66%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. This industry is expected to grow more than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation.
24.4%
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10-year Projection

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