Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary
Job Description for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator
Whether in marketing, entertainment, architecture, or design firms, fine artists (including painters, sculptors, and illustrators) have a profound impact on how companies' products and services are perceived by potential consumers. Illustrators and painters work to make packaging, advertisements, websites, and other materials/media eye-catching and effective, while sculptors accomplish the same with three-dimensional works.Read More...
Fine artists may work at marketing firms, web design agencies, fashion labels, and publishers, among others. Many fine artists work on a freelance, contractual basis, finding themselves in a self-directed, flexible work environment with hours that vary widely depending on their deadlines and employers. They must also often create several iterations of their creations, making updates and changes to meet their employers' needs.
A bachelor's degree in fine arts is often required for these positions, as well as knowledge relevant to fine arts and design. A portfolio of work is needed as well to illustrate past work and expertise to prospective clients and employers. Fine artists must balance their creativity and passion for their field with the self-discipline, ability to meet deadlines, and logistics-related tasks (such as creating invoices) required to effectively work as a fine artist. Experience with relevant software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is a common requirement as well
Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Tasks
- Design creative visual elements using a variety of mediums in collaboration with the client/customer.
- Ability to use computer-related equipment and software such as Visio, Illustrator, PhotoShop, CAD/CAM, etc. commonly used in the industry.
- Work closely with other departments in production.
- Produce visual elements with a range of creative objectives from creating completely unique concepts to creating close technical copies of existing objects for a variety of projects.
Common Career Paths for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator
Fine Artists may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Illustrator. Illustrators on average make about as much as Fine Artists do. Fine Artists most often move into Graphic Artist & Designer or Art Teacher roles. However, the former pays $7K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.
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Pay by Experience Level for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $41K. Fine Artists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $48K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Fine Artists that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Fine Artists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+7 percent). Fine Artists in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 28 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Chicago and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (2 percent less).
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