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

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).