Here is more evidence to challenge the starving artist myth: A New Job Matching Platform Industry Survey creatively suggests that designers working for US companies in 2022 will earn an average salary of $88 per hour or $156,000 per year, an increase of about 40% over last year’s rates.
“The creative economy continues to grow rapidly despite growing concerns about the global economy,” said Jess Weber, director of talent and development at Creatively. “Creatives name their award and get it while dictating their terms of employment.”
Weber’s rating is based on the company’s survey of 500 hiring managers from the technology, fashion, media and advertising industries.
Wage disparities within the creative sector
But there’s a crucial nuance to Creatively’s findings. Because the creative sector encompasses many fields, the title “creative” is used very broadly (actors, architects, copywriters, fashion designers, graphic designers, illustrators, makeup artists, videographers, social media producers) and the income is very addicted. on his specialization.
Web 3, metaverse designers
For example, expert designers in emerging technologies such as Web 3 and Metaverse earn an average of $312,000 per year. Employers compete for top talent adept in UX design, animation, digital visualization, programming, and blockchain technology, and are willing to pay them an average of $150 per hour. Video producers and directors, as well as actors, earn comparable salaries, according to the research.
At the other end of the salary spectrum, visual artists, singers, writers, graphic designers, and editorial managers earn the least, with some only able to charge $25 an hour.
The telework effect
Before the pandemic, revenues were also heavily location-based. A top creative director in New York, for example, might make $200,000, but working the same job in Baltimore will only earn $130,000, according to the latest salary survey (pdf) by creative placement agency Aquent. But Creatively’s findings suggest that the rise of work-from-anywhere arrangements is eroding that scale. The majority of companies surveyed have extended remote or hybrid working arrangements to their creative staff. Half of employers also say they are more willing to hire remote workers.