Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations

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2019 Workforce
2.73M
Average Age
40.2
Estimated Job Growth
6.06%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$55,678
Average Male Salary
$62,404
Average Female Salary
$48,656

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Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are most often employed by the Specialized design services industry. The average yearly wage for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations was $55,678 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations by wage are Protective service occupations, Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, and Life, physical, & social science occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are LA City (East Central/Hollywood) PUMA, CA, LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA, and LA City (West Central/Westwood & West Los Angeles) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are LA City (East Central/Hollywood) PUMA, CA, Burbank City PUMA, CA, and LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA.

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. Specialized design services 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 Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing. Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are paid most in Bergenfield, Paramus, Dumont & New Milford Boroughs PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in LA City (East Central/Hollywood) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$55,678
AVERAGE SALARY
± $930

In 2019, Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations earned an average of $55,678, $154 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

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

0.483
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.483, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less 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 Specialized design services, Motion pictures & video industries, and Amusement & Recreation.

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Industries by Share

2.73M
2019 Workforce
± 40,169
4.82%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.01%

The number of people employed as Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations has been growing at a rate of 4.82%, from 2,600,505 people in 2018 to 2,725,938 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations employed by various industries. Specialized design services employs the largest share of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations at  6.21%, followed by Motion pictures & video industries with 5.93% and Amusement & Recreation with 5.71%.

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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 39.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

1.39M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 28,837
1.33M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 28,227

51.1% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

72.1% of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.02% of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations, White (Hispanic) 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
± 0.301
39.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.316

The median age of Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations is 40.2, and Male employees are generally 0.89 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 Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations need more than the average amount of Persuasion, Coordination, and Negotiation.

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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 6.85%, 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
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations. This profession is expected to grow lower than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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