Best careers in arts and entertainment
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For the expressive types, the process of finding the right career path can feel like an uphill climb. An abundance of low-paying jobs in the arts are out there, but having a passion for creativity doesn't mean you have to settle for a less-than-ideal salary — you just have to know which jobs to target.

Using the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center, CareerTrends found the 12 highest-paying jobs in arts and entertainment. For this list, we only considered occupations the FLCDC categorized as part of the arts and entertainment industry. Jobs with fewer than 10,000 employees were not included. Salary data from the FLCDC was released in June 2015, while employment data from the BLS is from May 2014.

The FLCDC uses four categorizations for experience level: entry level, qualified, experienced and fully competent. Experienced workers typically have multiple years of experience (three years or more) in their careers and require less on-the-job supervision than entry level or qualified workers. Fully competent workers have five or more years of experience and require little to no on-the-job supervision. Jobs are ranked according to their average annual experienced salaries.

Though none of these occupations come with a six-figure salary, each has an average experienced salary of at least $50,000 and can help provide a creative outlet for artists and entertainers.

#12. Editors

Experienced salary: $50,007

Employment: 97,350

#11. Music Directors and Composers

Experienced salary: $50,761

Employment: 21,880

#10. Public Relations Specialists

Experienced salary: $52,437

Employment: 208,030

#9. Writers and Authors

Experienced salary: $53,684

Employment: 43,500

#8. Actors

Experienced salary: $54,091

Employment: 59,210

#7. Musicians and Singers

Experienced salary: $55,350

Employment: 38,900

#6. Producers and Directors

Experienced salary: $56,171

Employment: 97,300

#5. Multimedia Artists

Experienced salary: $58,156

Employment: 29,000

#4. Industrial Designers

Experienced salary: $60,896

Employment: 29,410

#3. Technical Writers

Experienced salary: $63,582

Employment: 48,210

#2. Fashion Designers

Experienced salary: $64,500

Employment: 17,840

#1. Art Directors

Experienced salary: $76,605

Employment: 33,140

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