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

Pay for Fine Artists in the United States is typically around $19.71 per hour. Compensation starts at $10.04 per hour and can reach $45.55. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; 26 percent claim both medical and dental insurance and 16 percent get vision coverage. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Job satisfaction for Fine Artists is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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  
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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  
PayScale
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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For Fine Artists, career advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Lower-level Fine Artists may earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Illustrator.

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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.
For Fine Artists, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Though starting salaries approximate $31K, they climb to $41K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $49K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Fine Artists tend to earn $61K at this point in time. The largest number 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
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Professionals in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles—the three largest cities in the United States—make significantly more than the national average.

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

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$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
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Adobe Photoshop
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Painting
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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