Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary

For Fine Artists, hourly average wages total $19.92 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Fine Artists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fifth collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,351 - $80,178
(Median)
$17K
$42K
$80K
MEDIAN: $41,822
10%
50%
90%

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$9.90 - $41.10
(Median)
$9
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$17,351 - $80,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Commission
$5,350  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,831 - $85,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $41.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.60  
Overtime
$14.54 - $37.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
Commission
$5,350  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,831 - $85,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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.

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Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator


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As Fine Artists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Illustrator position pays around the same amount as the Fine Artist job on average. Many Fine Artists go on to become Graphic Artists & Designers or Art Teachers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $6K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Fine Artists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 99 percent, 20 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Painting.

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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Fine Artists bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salaries

Graphic Design
up arrow 99%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 20%

Design
up arrow 8%


National Average
$42,000

Painting
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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