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Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary

The average Fine Artist in the United States earns approximately $19.87 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Fine Artists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Fine Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly a fourth, and nearly one-fifth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,441 - $92,748
(Median)
$17K
$40K
$93K
MEDIAN: $40,254
10%
50%
90%

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$9.95 - $43.68
(Median)
$10
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$17,441 - $92,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,955  
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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$20,090 - $93,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $43.68  
   
Overtime
$11.10 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,955  
   
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).
)
$20,090 - $93,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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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.

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Job skills reported by Fine Artists are limited. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 101 percent, 32 percent, and 5 percent, respectively.

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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $33K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 101%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 32%


National Average
$41,000

Painting
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

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