Multimedia artists in all industries earned a median hourly wage of $28.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2009. The movie and TV industry was the most common employment sector, and among the highest-paying one, for multimedia specialists, but more than half were self-employed or freelance, the BLS reported. Advertisers and software manufacturers, including video game companies, also reported high employment of multimedia specialists. The BLS projected a 14% increase in multimedia artists during 2008-2018, driven by entertainment software. Expansion of multimedia is anticipated to lead employment growth among artists over that decade.