Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Workforce
16.6M
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
34.2
Estimated Job Growth
6.73%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$26,814
Average Male Salary
$31,349
Average Female Salary
$30,266

About

The top three occupations in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Group are Waiters & waitresses, Cooks, Food service managers, Cashiers, and Food preparation workers. On average, full-time employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector work 42.9 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $38,359. Part-time employees in the same industry work 21.4 hours and earn an average annual salary of $11,996.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector are Paradise (South) & Enterprise PUMA, NV, Spring Valley & Summerlin South PUMA, NV, and Paradise (Northwest) & Winchester PUMA, NV. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector. Waiters & waitresses are the most common position, but the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector employs a relatively high number of Waiters & waitresses, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services goes to Advertising & promotions managers.

Monthly Employment

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Y-Axis
38.4%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 13.9M people employed in the Leisure and Hospitality industry. This represents a 38.4% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

16.6M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 14.8M
1.04%
1 Year Growth
± 0.85%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 16.6M people employed in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector has been growing at a rate of 1.04%, , from 14.7M people in 2018 to 14.8M people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Waiters & waitresses represent the largest share of positions held in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services at 14.2%, followed by Cooks with 12.4% and Food service managers with 6.17%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector, by number of employees, are Waiters & waitresses, Cooks, Food service managers, Cashiers, and Food preparation workers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Sectors, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services employs an unusually high number of Waiters & waitresses, Hosts & hostesses, restaurant, lounge, & coffee shop, and Hotel, motel, & resort desk clerks.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services, by average wage, are Advertising & promotions managers, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Operations research analysts.

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Wages

Average Salary

$26,814
AVERAGE WAGE
± $239

On average, employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector make $26,814 per year. This number makes Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services the 12 highest paying Industry Sector in the United States out of a total of 14 Industry 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 and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector.

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Wage Distribution

0.505
WAGE GINI

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services has a wage GINI of 0.505, which is more than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services (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 and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector.

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

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $31,349 and $30,266. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

7.73M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±66.5k
7.09M
MALE WORKFORCE
±63.8k

52.1% of workers in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector are Female, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$31,349
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$410
$30,266
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$395

On average, Male workers in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector make 1.04 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 and Accommodation & Food Services Industry 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

On average, Asian employees in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector earn 1.18 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 and Accommodation & Food Services Industry 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 and Accommodation & Food Services Industry 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 and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry 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.

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Intermediate Inputs

The Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry 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 Professional and business services Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services Industry 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 and Accommodation and Food Services 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 and Accommodation and Food Services industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 6.73%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (23.4%) is lower 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 and Accommodation and Food Services.
6.73%
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 and Accommodation and Food Services. This industry is expected to grow less 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 and Accommodation and Food Services.
23.4%
Estimate Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation and Accommodation and Food Services industry.

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