Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary

The average Fine Artist in the United States earns approximately $19.80 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. One in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in five collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Fine Artists (57 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Fine Artists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,141 - $88,741
(Median)
$17K
$40K
$89K
MEDIAN: $39,959
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$9.98 - $40.27
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$17,141 - $88,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,022  
Total Pay (?
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$20,082 - $87,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$10.72 - $40.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,022  
   
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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$20,082 - $87,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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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Fine Artists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 102 percent, 33 percent, and 26 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $41K. For Fine Artists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $57K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 102%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 33%

Design
up arrow 26%


National Average
$41,000

Painting
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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