Here's how much 28 jobs in the art world really pay

  • Creative jobs — like artists, musicians, and dancers — can bring in surprisingly high salaries. 
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers information about pay across different industries, including jobs related to arts and entertainment. 
  • From florists to architects, here's what 28 creative jobs earn on average.
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Being creative can pay off. 

From musicians to artists, people making a career off their creative talents can rake in good salaries each year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Remote-job site FlexJobs recently found some high-paying, remote positions for graphic designers and web designers amid the pandemic.

However, the pandemic has been especially hard on the arts and entertainment industry. For instance, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, November employment in the subsector that includes performing arts, sports spectators, artists, and writers was about 37.3% below the pre-pandemic level in February. This subsector had 320,600 jobs in November, down from the 511,700 in February.

Business Insider analyzed average annual salaries for 28 creative jobs using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics program, which offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries. Three top creative jobs — actors, musicians, and dancers — did not have annual salaries published by the BLS, and so we estimated annual earnings using average hourly wages.

While some roles, like floral designers, earn under $30,000 a year, art directors, architects, and video editors earn near $100,000.

Here's what 28 creative-type jobs pay. 

28. Floral designers make $29,760 a year.

Find US floral designer jobs on LinkedIn or Indeed here.

27. Craft artists make $38,740 a year.

Find US craft artist jobs, like glass blower, on SimplyHired. 

26. Photographers make $45,440 a year.

Find US photographer jobs on LinkedIn or Indeed here.

25. Jewelers make $45,950 a year.

Find US jeweler jobs on LinkedIn here.

24. Dancers make $47,653 a year.

Find US dancer jobs on Dance/USA here.

23. Choreographers make $53,590 a year.

Find US choreographer jobs on ZipRecruiter here.

22. Chefs and head cooks make $56,310 a year.

Find US chef and cook jobs on Culinary Agents here.

21. Graphic designers make $56,510 a year.

Find graphic designer jobs on FlexJobs here.

20. Actors make $60,611 a year.

Find actor jobs on Backstage here.

19. Interior designers make $60,990 a year.

Find US interior designer jobs on LinkedIn or Indeed here.

18. Set and exhibit designers make $62,480 a year.

Find US set designer jobs on Indeed here.

17. Fine artists make $63,030 a year.

Find US artist jobs on LinkedIn or Indeed here.

16. Music directors and composers make $64,670 a year.

Find US music director jobs on LinkedIn here.

15. Camera operators make $64,960 a year.

Find US camera operator jobs on Glassdoor or Indeed here.

14. General artists make $67,750 a year.

Find US artist jobs on LinkedIn or Indeed here.

13. Editors make $71,910 a year.

Find US editor jobs on LinkedIn or Glassdoor here.

12. Designers make $73,510 a year.

Find US designer jobs on Glassdoor here.

11. Commercial and industrial designers make $73,820 a year.

Find US industrial designer jobs Glassdoor or LinkedIn here.

10. Writers and authors make $73,860 a year.

Find US writing jobs on FlexJobs or Glassdoor here.

9. Makeup artists make $81,600 a year.

Find US makeup artist jobs on Indeed here.

8. Web developers make $82,370 a year.

Find US web developer jobs on LinkedIn here.

7. Musicians and singers make $83,117 a year.

Find US singer jobs on Glassdoor here.

6. Special effects artists and animators make $84,780 a year.

Find US animator jobs on Glassdoor here.

5. Fashion designers make $86,110 a year.

Find US fashion designer jobs on LinkedIn here.

4. Film and video editors make $87,300 a year.

Find US video editor jobs on LinkedIn here.

3. Architects make $89,560 a year.

Find US architect jobs on Indeed here.

2. Producers and directors make $93,940 a year.

Find US producer and director jobs on Glassdoor here.

1. Art directors make $109,600 a year.

Find US art director jobs on Indeed here.

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