Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary

Fine Artists in the United States can expect wages of $19.89 per hour on average. Career length 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 59 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in four, and close to a fifth earn dental coverage. Most Fine Artists 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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$18,200 - $86,162

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$9.99 - $40.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$18,200 - $86,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$20,238 - $86,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $40.47  
   
Overtime
$13.22 - $40.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
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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$20,238 - $86,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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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Fine Artists tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Illustrator. The two jobs pay about the same on average. A lot of Fine Artists advance their careers by becoming Graphic Artists & Designers and Art Teachers. However, those positions offer $6K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Professional skills reported by Fine Artists are few in number. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 101 percent, 32 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported 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. Fine Artists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Fine Artists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $59K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 101%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 32%

Design
up arrow 26%


National Average
$41,000

Painting
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 72%
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