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Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for Artists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 11,970 Artists currently employed in the United States.
  • 54.8% of all Artists are women, while 45.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed Artist is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of Artists is White (73.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (11.4%) and Asian (7.5%).
  • The majority of Artists are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.
  • Artists are most in-demand in Irvine, CA.
  • Artists are paid an average annual salary of $71,583.
  • Quincy, MA pays an annual average wage of $77,542, the highest in the US.
  • Artists average starting salary is $47,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 92% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid Artists earn as much as $108,000 or more.
  • Rhode Island is the best state for Artists to live.
  • Artists are more likely to work at Private companies in comparison to Public companies.

Artist Statistics By Gender

Among Artists, 54.8% of them are women compared to 45.2% which are men.

  • Female, 54.8%
  • Male, 45.2%

Artists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female54.8%
Male45.2%

Gender Pay Gap For Artist

Women Earn 92¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$83,935
female-income
Female Income
$76,916

Artist Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Artist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201052.29%47.71%
201149.75%50.25%
201253.20%46.80%
201349.12%50.88%
201445.98%54.02%
201548.31%51.69%
201645.07%54.93%
201747.50%52.50%
201847.17%52.83%
201945.57%54.43%

Artist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, Exhibit Builder and Senior Industrial Designer have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Decorating Consultant9%91%
Floral Designer11%89%
Floral Manager11%89%
Artist45%55%
Craftsman88%12%
Senior Industrial Designer91%9%
Exhibit Builder93%7%

Artist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among Artists is White, which makes up 73.6% of all Artists. Comparatively, there are 11.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.5% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 73.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 11.4%
  • Asian, 7.5%
  • Black or African American, 3.9%
  • Unknown, 2.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0%

Artist Race

Artist RacePercentages
White73.6%
Hispanic or Latino11.4%
Asian7.5%
Black or African American3.9%
Unknown2.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.0%

Artist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among Artists.

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

Artist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201077.33%2.92%6.78%10.24%
201176.89%3.55%6.67%9.79%
201275.57%3.43%5.89%11.32%
201376.04%3.60%6.76%10.28%
201475.24%3.46%7.07%10.50%
201574.79%3.26%6.65%11.00%
201674.43%2.70%8.15%10.79%
201773.73%3.56%7.48%12.13%
201873.37%3.38%8.32%11.57%
201973.63%3.90%7.53%11.39%

Artist Wage Gap By Race

Black or African American Artists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White Artists have the lowest average salary at $77,601.
$86,000
$84,000
$82,000
$80,000
$78,000
$76,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$80,035
White$77,601
Black or African American$83,777
Asian$82,331
Hispanic or Latino$78,383

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Average Age of an Artist

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

Male
Female

Artist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown3834.5
White4037
Black or African American40.5
Asian3835
Hispanic or Latino4036.5

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 47% of the population.

20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Artist Age

Artist YearsPercentages
20-30 years16%
30-40 years36%
40+ years47%

Types of Artist Degree Levels

The most common degree for Artists is Bachelor's Degree 59% of Artists earn that degree. A close second is Associate Degree with 14% and rounding it off is High School Diploma with 12%.

  • Bachelors, 59%
  • Associate, 14%
  • High School Diploma, 12%
  • Masters, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 8%

Artists By Education

Artist DegreePercentages
Bachelors59%
Associate14%
High School Diploma12%
Masters7%
Other Degrees8%

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Artist Wage Gap By Education

Artists with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $83,935 annually. With a Masters degree, Artists earn a median annual income of $77,757 compared to $76,666 for Artists with an Associate degree.
$86,000
$82,000
$78,000
$74,000
$70,000
$66,000
$62,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$65,312
Master's Degree$77,757
Bachelor's Degree$83,935
Some College/ Associate Degree$76,666

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.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Artist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees8%
50 - 100 employees5%
100 - 500 employees22%
500 - 1,000 employees14%
1,000 - 10,000 employees33%
> 10,000 employees18%

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.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Artist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education9%
Public32%
Private57%
Government2%

Top Industries Hiring Artists

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 Manufacturing.

Technology

Manufacturing

Media

Retail

Fortune 500

Artist Turnover And Employment Statistics

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

Artist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearArtist Unemployment Rate
20107.96%
20118.02%
20128.31%
20136.45%
20145.83%
20155.42%
20164.83%
20175.07%
20184.28%
20194.56%

The Average Number of Years That Artist Stay in a Job

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%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Artist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year28%
1-2 years25%
3-4 years11%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years7%
11+ years16%

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.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Artist10.60%
Floral Decorator11.46%2,232
Staff Writer/Editor11.70%86,218
Graphic Designer And Photographer12.14%54,501
Scenic Designer12.87%50,625
Home Decorator17.34%47,806
Fashion Stylist17.98%12,296

Artist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Floral Decorator11.46%2,232
Staff Writer/Editor11.70%86,218
Graphic Designer And Photographer12.14%54,501
Scenic Designer12.87%50,625
Home Decorator17.34%47,806
Fashion Stylist17.98%12,296

Foreign Languages Spoken By Artists

The most common foreign language among Artists is Spanish at 49.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.7% and Italian is the third-most popular at 6.1%.

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

Artist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish49.7%
French12.7%
Italian6.1%
German4.7%
Chinese3.8%
Other23.0%

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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 Demographics FAQs

What percentage of Artists are female?

54.4% of artists are female in the United States. This is 1.6 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female artists has increased by 6.7 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 6,511 female artists in the U.S. and 5,459 male artists in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 11,970 people with the specific job title of artist and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

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