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. 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
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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