Artist Statistics in the US

The average employee age for artists is 41 years. The artist workforce reached a whopping 11,970 in 2020!

Among artists, we discovered that 51.8% of them are women, while 43.4% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among artists is White, which makes up 73.2% of all artists. Comparatively, there are 11.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 8.4% of the Asian ethnicity. Artists are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, artists are more likely to find a job in the technology industry.

From where do we know all information about artist demographics? We analyzed 32,412 artists resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Artist Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as artists. Keep reading to find out what the results for artists were.

Artist Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among artists is White, which makes up 73.2% of all artists. Comparatively, there are 11.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 8.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 73.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 11.8%
  • Asian, 8.4%
  • Black or African American, 3.4%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Artists

The chart below shows that 49.7% of artists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.7% and Italian is the third-most popular at 6.1%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 49.7%
  • French, 12.7%
  • Italian, 6.1%
  • German, 4.7%
  • Chinese, 3.8%
  • Other, 23.0%

Most Common Degree for Artist

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for artists. The most common degree for artists is bachelor's degree. In fact, 49% of artists earn that degree. A close second is high school diploma with 17% and rounding it off is associate degree with 12%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 50%
  • Certificate degree, 16%
  • Associate degree, 12%
  • High School Diploma degree, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 11%

Artist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among artists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Artist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the artist position over time.

Male
Female
57%
54%
51%
49%
46%
43%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Artist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of artists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of artists based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Artist

By looking over 32,412 artists resumes, we figured out that the average artist enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 28%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Artist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of artist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of artists is 40+ years old, which represents 51% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Artists with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, senior industrial designer and level designer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Fiber Artist11%82%
Floral Designer12%84%
Floral Manager13%83%
Artist43%52%
Exhibit Builder81%12%
Level Designer82%13%
Senior Industrial Designer83%9%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Senior Industrial Designer
Level Designer
Exhibit Builder
Artist
Floral Manager
Floral Designer
Fiber Artist
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Artists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to artists.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Cheerleading Coach11.50%
Actress16.44%
Dancer20.85%
Kitchen And Bath Designer27.16%
Artist28.86%
Field Producer35.05%
Medium37.57%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Artist?

male-income
Male Income
$77,617
female-income
Female Income
$72,945

Artist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$87,607
$84,577
$81,546
$78,515
$75,485
$72,454
$69,423
$66,393
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Artist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$69,032
Some College/ Associate Degree$77,935
Master's Degree$79,736
Bachelor's Degree$81,546

Artist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$86,299
$81,546
$76,793
$72,040
$67,287
$62,535
$57,782
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Artist Heatmaps

Where Do Artists Earn The Most?

The map here shows where artists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Artists Located?

By looking through more than 32,412 resumes, we found that the most popular places for artists are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Artists

Where Are Artists In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country artists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Artist Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ artists. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most artists is the technology industry.

What Percentage Of Artist Jobs Are Remote?

1.1% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

98.9% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire artists.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Artist Work In

Employees with the artist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most artists prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ artists. Those industries include technology, media and retail.

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Technology

Retail

Media

Fortune 500

Education

Artist Jobs