Independent artists, writers, and performers

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Workforce
53.1k
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
42.8
Estimated Job Growth
20.7%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$49,895
Average Male Salary
$54,903
Average Female Salary
$42,499

About

The top three occupations in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group are Artists & related workers, Writers & authors, Musicians and singers, Actors, and News analysts, reporters, and journalists. On average, full-time employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group work 44.6 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $65,488. Part-time employees in the same industry work 19 hours and earn an average annual salary of $25,234.

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 (East Central/Hollywood) PUMA, CA, and LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA. 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. Artists & related workers 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 Chief executives & legislators.

Monthly Employment

Start Year
Y-Axis
7.09%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 15.1k people employed in the Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers industry. This represents a 7.09% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

53.1k
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 162k
10.9%
1 Year Growth
± 7.97%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 53.1k people employed in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 10.9%, , from 146k people in 2018 to 162k people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Independent artists, writers, and performers by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Artists & related workers represent the largest share of positions held in Independent artists, writers, and performers at 22.1%, followed by Writers & authors with 16.1% and Musicians and singers with 12.8%.

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Most Common

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

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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 Chief executives & legislators, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, and Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers.

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Wages

Average Salary

$49,895
AVERAGE WAGE
± $4,604

On average, employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group make $49,895 per year. This number makes Independent artists, writers, and performers the 171 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

0.573
WAGE GINI

Independent artists, writers, and performers has a wage GINI of 0.573, which is more than than the national average of 0.478. 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 $54,903 and $42,499. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

65.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±6.29k
96.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
±7.64k

59.6% 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

$54,903
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$6,099
$42,499
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$6,931

On average, Male workers in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group make 1.29 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. Two or More Races
  2. White
  3. Asian

On average, Two or More Races employees in the Independent artists, writers, and performers Industry Group earn 1.29 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 7.66% in the next ten years. The Independent artists, writers, and performers industry has a higher projected workforce growth at 20.7%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (23.2%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

20.7%
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 Independent artists, writers, and performers. This industry is expected to grow more than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

23.2%
Estimate Growth
10-year Projection

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

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