Median pay for Fine Artists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $19.94 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Fine Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in seven collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,690 - $77,574
$20K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $45,937
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50%
90%

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$9.92 - $41.12
$9
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$41
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,690 - $77,574  
   
Bonus
$2,048  
Commission
$5,050  
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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$20,271 - $82,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $41.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.19  
Overtime
$14.54 - $91.92  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$2,048  
   
Commission
$5,050  
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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$20,271 - $82,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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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

  • 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


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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. A lot of Fine Artists advance their careers by becoming Graphic Artists & Designers and Art Teachers. However, those positions offer $7K less and $2K less per year on average.

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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.


Fine Artists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Fine Artists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $41K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $42K. Fine Artists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,248

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Fine Artists, Warren provides a pay rate that is 80 percent greater than the national average. Fine Artists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Fine Artists have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Francisco (4 percent less) and Seattle (2 percent less).

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Key Stats for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%


National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 97%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 23%


up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000

drawing
up arrow 18%

Painting
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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