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Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary (United States)

Fine Artists in the United States pull down an average of $19.71 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-fourth, and close to one-fifth earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Fine Artists (53 percent). Most Fine Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary (?
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$16,462 - $93,435
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MEDIAN: $39,743
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$10.04 - $45.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$16,462 - $93,435  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
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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$20,326 - $96,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $45.55  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $38.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,168  
   
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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$20,326 - $96,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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, salaries do not necessarily change. Higher-end positions, such as Illustrator, often pay amounts similar to Fine Artists.

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Survey takers who work as Fine Artists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Painting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 102 percent, 43 percent, and 23 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.
Fine Artists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fine Artists make a median salary of $49K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $61K. The largest share of Fine Artists have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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Los Angeles
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New York
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National Average
$41,000
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Folks in search of above-average pay will head to one of the three largest American cities: Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles boast higher pay rates than the national average for this field.

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

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 19%
National Average
$41,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salaries

Graphic Design
up arrow 102%
Adobe Photoshop
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Painting
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
53%
female alumni
 
Male
47%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 72%