Highest Paying Industries for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

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Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services43.6490760
Postal Service (federal government)40.0783340
Federal government, including the US Postal Service39.2681660
Federal Executive Branch39.2681650
Oil and Gas Extraction39.2181560
Footwear Manufacturing39.1281360
Rail Transportation38.6880450
Motion Picture and Video Industries38.4679990
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage38.0679160
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries37.9478920
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)37.4877960
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing37.2977560
Support Activities for Mining37.1977360
Mining37.0877120
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing37.0577060
Software Publishers37.0577060
Communications Equipment Manufacturing36.8276580
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities36.5976110
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences36.5676050
Scientific Research and Development Services35.9874830
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing35.9674800
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing35.874460
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation35.573840
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank35.573840
Water Transportation35.3773570
Other Financial Investment Activities35.373410
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing35.1473100
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing35.1173030
Apparel Manufacturing35.0172810
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing34.8872560
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution34.7872340
Natural Gas Distribution34.7672300
Utilities34.772180
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing34.5271790
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing34.3871500
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing34.3371410
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing34.1170950
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers33.9570620
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities33.9470590
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures33.8970490
Computer Systems Design and Related Services33.5769820
Nondepository Credit Intermediation33.5269710
Other Information Services33.369270
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing33.2769210
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services32.9868590
Waste Treatment and Disposal32.8668350
Basic Chemical Manufacturing32.868230
Ship and Boat Building32.6267860
Other Telecommunications32.5667720
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing32.4867550
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers32.4667510
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations32.266980
Testing Laboratories32.166760
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing32.0666670
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles31.9666480
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages31.7966130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services31.7966120
Cable and Other Subscription Programming31.7666070
Telecommunications31.7466020
Finance and Insurance31.7466010
Engineering Services31.7365990
Pipeline Transportation31.6865900
Grain and Oilseed Milling31.6165750
Spectator Sports31.665730
Household Appliance Manufacturing31.465320
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing31.3765250
Wired Telecommunications Carriers31.3665230
Other Investment Pools and Funds31.365100
Specialty hospitals, State government owned31.2364950
Information31.1164710
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas31.0164490
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities31.0164490
Management of Companies and Enterprises30.9864450
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing30.9864440
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities30.8764210
Insurance Carriers30.8364120
Freight Transportation Arrangement30.8164080
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities30.7663980
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries30.7363910
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance30.6863820
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing30.6363700
Chemical Manufacturing30.6163670
Metal Ore Mining30.5263480
Nonscheduled Air Transportation30.4663350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services30.4163250
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation30.3163040
Air Transportation30.2662940
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation30.2562910
Scheduled Air Transportation30.2262860
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services30.1962790
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing30.1362660
Forging and Stamping30.0562500
Waste Management and Remediation Services30.0362470
Depository Credit Intermediation29.9862350
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing29.9462280
Other Insurance Related Activities29.9162220
Security Systems Services29.7961960
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories29.7161800
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing29.6361630
Performing Arts Companies29.5561460
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services29.5361430
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers29.3361010
Machinery Manufacturing29.360940
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers29.260740
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)29.160530
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations29.0560430
Offices of Chiropractors29.0160340
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing28.960120
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners28.8960080
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing28.8760050
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors28.8259940
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned28.6659610
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing28.5859440
Federal, State, and Local Government28.5159300
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service28.5159300
Television Broadcasting28.4259120
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing28.459080
Specialized Design Services28.3959050
Social Advocacy Organizations28.3458960
Grantmaking and Giving Services28.2458750
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters28.2358720
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing28.2358710
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned28.2158670
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing28.258660
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing28.1358500
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)28.0958420
Legal Services2858230
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers27.9958210
Transportation and Warehousing27.8757960
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)27.8657960
Employment Services27.8657940
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing27.7457710
Casino Hotels27.7357680
Support Activities for Transportation27.7257660
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing27.757620
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing27.6857570
Hardware Manufacturing27.6557520
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing27.657420
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing27.5757350
Publishing Industries (except Internet)27.4957170
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations27.4857160
Activities Related to Real Estate27.4257040
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned27.4257030
Support Activities for Air Transportation27.2756710
All industries, private ownership only27.1756520
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel27.1556480
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing27.0356230
Plastics Product Manufacturing27.0256200
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned26.9956150
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)26.9856110
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing26.9556050
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services26.8655880
All industries26.8255790
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing26.855750
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)26.855750
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing26.7455620
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing26.7455620
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation26.7455620
Educational Support Services, Privately owned26.7455620
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services26.7255580
Educational Services, State government owned26.6955510
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers26.6455420
Apparel Knitting Mills26.6455410
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers26.5955320
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing26.5655240
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events26.5455200
Mining (except Oil and Gas)26.5255150
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers26.4955110
Hospitals, Privately owned26.4955100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation26.4755060
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing26.4655030
Nonresidential Building Construction26.4354970
Ambulance Services26.4354970
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction26.3854870
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing26.3754850
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods26.3754850
State government, including schools and hospitals26.3454790
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing26.3354770
Paper Manufacturing26.354710
Religious Organizations26.2954680
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned26.2754640
Fabric Mills26.2654630
Rubber Product Manufacturing26.2554600
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)26.1954470
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing26.1654410
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)26.0954270
Manufacturing26.0354150
Textile Furnishings Mills26.0154100
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing2654070
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned25.9954050
Construction of Buildings25.8253710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)25.8153680
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses25.7953650
Broadcasting (except Internet)25.7853630
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing25.7853620
Nonstore Retailers25.7253490
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers25.7153470
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing25.7153470
Residential Building Construction25.6553360
Animal Food Manufacturing25.6353310
Textile Mills25.6253300
Satellite Telecommunications25.653240
Hospitals, State government owned25.5753190
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services25.5753180
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers25.5653170
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services25.5353090
Facilities Support Services25.4652950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)25.4552940
Sound Recording Industries25.3452700
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills25.352630
Outpatient Care Centers25.2752550
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers25.2352480
Radio and Television Broadcasting25.2352480
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing25.2152430
Travel Agencies25.1452290
Business Support Services25.1352270
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers25.1252240
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals25.1252240
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services25.1152230
Administrative and Support Services25.0752140
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing25.0352050
Home Health Care Services25.0152030
Direct Selling Establishments24.9651910
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing24.8851740
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing24.8751720
Lessors of Real Estate24.8651710
Real Estate24.7651500
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned24.7251420
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media24.6751310
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills24.6451250
Investigation and Security Services24.6251210
Construction24.5951150
Junior colleges, Local government owned24.5751110
Telephone Call Centers24.5351010
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers24.5251000
Office Administrative Services24.550960
Ambulatory Health Care Services24.3450630
Machine Shops24.2850500
Building Equipment Contractors24.2750490
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores24.2350390
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)24.1850290
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)24.1150140
Other Wood Product Manufacturing24.0850090
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned24.0650050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned23.9249750
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service23.9249750
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing23.949710
Offices of Physicians23.8749650
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance23.8749650
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly23.8449580
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)23.8149520
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing23.7649430
Wood Product Manufacturing23.6749230
Consumer Goods Rental23.5849040
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities23.5548990
Specialized Freight Trucking23.5548980
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned23.5348950
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers23.4548780
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors23.4448760
Hospitals, Local government owned23.448670
Repair and Maintenance23.3848630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned23.3848620
Vocational Rehabilitation Services23.3748610
Primary Metal Manufacturing23.3548560
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities23.3348530
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services23.3348520
Truck Transportation23.3148480
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing23.2948450
Traveler Accommodation23.2548350
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers23.1848220
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing23.1848200
Accommodation23.1548140
Miscellaneous Manufacturing23.0848000
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers23.0547950
Other Residential Care Facilities23.0547950
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing23.0547940
Specialty Trade Contractors23.0447920
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing23.0247880
Junior colleges, Privately owned22.8547520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals22.8347490
Wholesale Trade22.847430
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities22.7847380
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing22.7247260
Warehousing and Storage22.7247250
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing22.747220
Junior colleges, State government owned22.4946770
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing22.3246430
Other Food Manufacturing22.346380
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers22.2746330
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities22.2846330
Dairy Product Manufacturing22.1646100
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers21.9945750
Social Assistance21.9945740
Textile Product Mills21.9845730
Building Finishing Contractors21.9545650
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers21.9445640
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods21.9345600
Rental and Leasing Services21.8245390
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair21.8245390
Newspaper Publishers21.845340
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing21.7145160
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers21.6445010
Individual and Family Services21.4944700
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions21.4944700
Educational Support Services, Local government owned21.2644210
Amusement Parks and Arcades21.2444170
Automobile Dealers21.1543990
Furniture Stores21.1243940
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities21.1343940
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers21.143900
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)21.0943860
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing21.0743820
Gambling Industries21.0643800
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores21.0343730
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance2143680
Food Manufacturing20.9543570
Coal Mining20.9343540
Other Specialty Trade Contractors20.9343530
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers20.9243500
Automotive Repair and Maintenance20.8343320
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned20.7543160
Foundries20.7443150
Home Furnishings Stores20.7443140
Offices of Other Health Practitioners20.7443130
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing20.6843020
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors20.6843010
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)20.6642980
Child Day Care Services20.6642980
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services20.6642970
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers20.5742790
Other Building Equipment Contractors20.5642750
Educational Services, Privately owned20.5342710
Other Personal Services20.3742370
Other Textile Product Mills20.3542320
Printing and Related Support Activities20.3342280
Technical and trade schools, Local government owned20.2942200
Electronics and Appliance Stores20.2742170
Radio Broadcasting20.1841970
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists20.1641940
Accommodation and Food Services20.1541910
Personal and Laundry Services20.1341870
Local government, including schools and hospitals20.1141830
General Rental Centers19.9641520
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps19.9241430
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)19.7641090
Personal Care Services19.7541080
Death Care Services19.740980
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned19.6840930
Used Merchandise Stores19.6640890
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing19.6540880
Health and Personal Care Stores19.4940550
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing19.4940540
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers19.4640480
Offices of Dentists19.3640260
Other Support Services19.2640060
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water19.1339780
Vending Machine Operators19.0339580
Educational Services, Local government owned19.0139540
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries18.9339380
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation18.9239360
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services18.8739250
Motion Picture and Video Exhibition18.6838850
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers18.6738830
Restaurants and Other Eating Places18.6738830
Shoe Stores18.6438770
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)18.5438550
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing18.5138500
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries18.5138500
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors18.5138490
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land18.3938250
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing18.3438140
Full-Service Restaurants18.2738000
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities18.2337910
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned18.2137870
Civic and Social Organizations17.937230
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting17.8737160
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry17.8737160
Special Food Services17.8437120
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers17.7836980
Food Services and Drinking Places17.5936600
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing17.5736550
Pharmacies and Drug Stores17.5536510
Support Activities for Animal Production17.3536080
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned17.3436070
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)17.3336050
Animal Slaughtering and Processing17.335990
Sporting Goods Stores17.2835940
Gasoline Stations17.2635900
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing17.0835530
Beverage Manufacturing16.9835320
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)16.9135170
Services to Buildings and Dwellings16.935140
Photographic Services16.8335000
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing16.7434820
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores16.2933890
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers16.1533590
Veterinary Services16.1133510
Retail Trade16.0833450
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers16.0733420
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores16.0533380
Other General Merchandise Stores15.9733220
Clothing Stores15.6932640
Book Stores and News Dealers15.6232490
Landscaping Services15.0131220
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores14.8230830
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores14.830790
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores14.7730720
Specialty Food Stores14.5530270
Other schools and instruction, Local government owned14.5430250
Building Material and Supplies Dealers14.2829700
Food and Beverage Stores14.2729680
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers14.2629670
Grocery Stores14.2429620
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores14.1729470
Miscellaneous Store Retailers13.9729060
General Merchandise Stores13.5928270
Department Stores13.2127480
Offices of Optometrists12.8926810
Florists12.5926190
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores12.3125600

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