Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary

Median pay for Fine Artists in the United States is around $19.82 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-fourth, and close to one-fifth earn dental coverage. Most Fine Artists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,704 - $93,013
(Median)
$17K
$40K
$93K
MEDIAN: $40,254
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90%

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$9.97 - $44.49
(Median)
$10
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$16,704 - $93,013  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$19,929 - $94,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $44.49  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
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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$19,929 - $94,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164

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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.

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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.

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Professional skills reported by Fine Artists are few in number. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 101 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Illustration is a skill commonly found among those who know Adobe Photoshop.

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.


For many Fine Artists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $33K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $41K on average. For Fine Artists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $60K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 101%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 32%

Illustration
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

Painting
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 70%