03/06/2012 04:00 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2012

South Florida Ranked 6th In U.S. For Arts And Entertainment Jobs

The Miami Metro area has been ranked 6th in the U.S. for the number of arts and entertainment jobs, according to an On Numbers analysis of the 2009 U.S. Census.

Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties had a total of 38,838 arts employees in 2009 with an average salary of $34,500.

Surprisingly, that's a couple grand more than the average arts salary nationwide, $31,000.

The list is dominated by major metro areas like New York (153,055 employees), Los Angeles (120,258), and Chicago (65,288).

As a whole, Florida fared well with Orlando landing the most arts jobs in the state with 44,549 employees.

And if you're looking to move to a city that actually pays arts employee well, check out Los Angeles, where the average salary is $64,700 -- thanks, no doubt, to the inflated pay of Hollywood celebrities.

Statesville, NC, home of NASCAR, is the next most lucrative with an average salary of $57,000.

Banking sixth place isn't too shabby for a metro area associated with a major arts revival.

The study was based on the U.S. Census's Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector, which includes employers that produce or promote live events or exhibits, preserve and exhibit objects or sites of significance, and operate facilities or provide services for patrons pursuing amusement or leisure.

By definition, the sector excludes any business that also offers accommodations or food/beverage, taking Miami's robust hotel and nightclub industry out of the equation.

It will be interesting to see where South Florida falls in terms of arts job as of 2010.

Due to drastic state budget cuts, the local arts budget was slashed by 65 percent from 2009 to 2010. It was the second largest arts cut in the country.