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Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary

Pay for Fine Artists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.61 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Fine Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Close to one-fourth claim medical and dental insurance and one-sixth get vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$16,858 - $92,969
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,775
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$9.99 - $44.77
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$16,858 - $92,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
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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$20,071 - $95,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $44.77  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $38.90  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
   
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).
)
$20,071 - $95,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
United States (change)

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 may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Illustrator offer money in line with Fine Artists.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Fine Artists who took the survey. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 103 percent, 22 percent, and 6 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.


For many Fine Artists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Fine Artists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $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 19%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

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

Graphic Design
up arrow 103%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 22%


Painting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 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
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 73%