This infographic from Flowing Information catalogues the salaries of 800 occupations made obtainable in the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with knowledge from 2018.
The chart seems at 22 completely different occupation teams, which will be considered individually or collectively as an total chart, for a holistic view of compensation within the U.S. labor market. An occupation’s vertical place signifies median annual wage. The dimensions of the circle is proportionate to the variety of folks within the occupation, and the colour of the circle signifies job class. The ensuing impact is a kind of trippy, rainbow-infused water-droplet-shape of a knowledge set, with massive, warm-colored circles on the backside, representing gross sales workplace and administrative help; set up, upkeep, and restore; manufacturing; and humanities and leisure. That final class pertains to you, designers!
The circles get smaller and extra blue alongside increased components of the y-axis, as occupations like healthcare (which is definitely fairly stratified), enterprise and finance, computing and arithmetic, and administration make appearances. Mainly, meaning there’s more cash being made in these sectors.
So the place does artwork and design fall into this psychedelic map? For that, you’ll want to take a look at two explicit sectors: arts and leisure, and structure and engineering.
In accordance with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for graphic designers in 2018 was $50,370; positive artists (together with illustrators) got here to $49,380. Inside designers had a median wage of $53,370; and the quite obscure “designers, all different” catch-all class had a median of $60,570. Artwork administrators topped the chart for this occupation group, with a median wage of $92,780.
Structure and engineering makes its means a bit additional up the graph, with a number of jobs breaking the $100,000 mark (although, sadly, I can’t say the roles on the higher ranges of this class relate to the humanities). On this group, we see industrial engineers with a median of $87,040; architects (excluding panorama and naval) at $79,380; and architectural and civil drafters at $54,920.
Salaries will all the time fluctuate inside particular person sectors, primarily based on numerous various factors: expertise, location, firm dimension, advantages, and extra. However taking a look at business averages generally is a good place to start out. So how does your wage stack up? Is the median wage for a photographer actually solely $34,000? Within the phrases of Whitney Houston, let’s see the receipts. Now we will—and whereas the median outcomes may be prettier for some occupations than others, one factor we will say for positive is: This knowledge visualization is fairly simple on the eyes.