Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations

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Total Workforce

2.57M

Average Age

40.1

Estimated Job Growth

6.06%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$53,998

Average Male Salary

$61,203

Average Female Salary

$46,100

About

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are most often employed by the Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries industry. The average yearly wage for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations was $53,998 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations by wage are Protective service occupations, Sales & related occupations, and Life, physical, & social science occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA, Greenpoint & Williamsburg PUMA, NY, and Upper East Side PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA, Greenpoint & Williamsburg PUMA, NY, and Park Slope, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook PUMA, NY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries is the industry that employs the most Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations, by average wage, is Sugar & confectionery products. Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are paid most in Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$53,998

AVERAGE SALARY

± $926

In 2017, Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations earned an average of $53,998, $1,933 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Life, physical, & social science occupations make somewhat more than Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations while Protective service occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.475

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.475, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations, by number of employees, are Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries, Specialized design services, and Motion pictures & video industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations, by average wage, are Sugar & confectionery products, Electric & gas, and other combinations, and Rail transportation.

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Industries by Share

2.57M

2017 Workforce

± 39,008

1.05%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.13%

The number of people employed as Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations has been growing at a rate of 1.05%, from 2,542,443 people in 2016 to 2,569,057 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations employed by various industries. Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries employs the largest share of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations at  8.59%, followed by Specialized design services with 6.69% and Motion pictures & video industries with 6.16%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations in the US. The average age of male Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations in the workforce is 40.7 and of female Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations is 39.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations is White.

Gender Composition

1.34M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 28,327

1.23M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 27,067

52.3% of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

80.3% of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.62% of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations.

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Age by Gender

40.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.302

39.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.327

The median age of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations is 40.1, and Male employees are generally 1.22 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations hold a major in Communication Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations need many skills, but most especially Monitoring, Speaking, and Coordination. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations need more than the average amount of Writing, Social Perceptiveness, and Reading Comprehension.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are expected to see a growth of 6.06% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.06%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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