New Yorkers Make More Money, More Likely to Work in Arts: Survey

Friday, June 24, 2011

A survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms what many New Yorkers already knew: they earn more money than most Americans, and are more likely to work in the arts.

Some key findings in the 2011 Occupational Employment and Wages survey:

  • Wages in the New York area are on average 30 percent higher than in the U.S. as a whole
  • For certain professions, the wage gap between metro New York city and the rest of the U.S. is minimal: industrial workers, home health aids and architects don't earn much better here than elsewhere.
  • The New York metro area contains 11.5 times as many fashion designers, 4.9 times as many sound editors, four times as many art directors and 2.7 times as many actors per thousand jobs, when compared with the nation as a whole.
  • The largest arts career in our area is public relations (16,870), followed by graphic design (15,280) and editor (15,130 - that includes both book editors and some working in advertising).


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Comments [3]

Ellis from Harlem

Interesting.... With rent control up in the air & Black folks moving back to the south... What does this say about New York?

Jun. 28 2011 10:26 AM

How does this compare with say 30 years ago? In the absence of affordable housing, we continue to lose artists. So these data do not impress me!

Jun. 26 2011 08:53 AM
anthony from NYC


Jun. 24 2011 06:15 PM

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