For Fine Artists, hourly average wages total $19.83 per hour. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Fine Artists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in six collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,694 - $76,350
(Median)
$20K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $47,198
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90%

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$9.81 - $40.20
(Median)
$9
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$19,694 - $76,350  
   
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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$20,088 - $79,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $40.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.19  
Overtime
$12.95 - $55.75  
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$50K$100K$150K
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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$20,088 - $79,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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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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

National Average: $42,179

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Experience Affects Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%


National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 97%


National Average
$42,000

Design
up arrow 1%

drawing
up arrow 17%

Painting
up arrow 20%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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