|Salary||$22,012 - $76,433|
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|$21,077 - $95,790|
|Hourly Rate||$10.01 - $51.17|
|Overtime||$6.79 - $49.02|
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Job Description for Illustrator
An illustrator creates drawings for physical and digital products and purposes. These drawings are often used in publications such as magazines and books, as well as products such as greeting cards, calendars, packaging, and digital illustrations. An illustrator often uses pen/pencil drawings or watercolors, but the use of digital illustration applications is now common as well.Read More...
Employment opportunities can be found with advertising firms, publishing houses, media companies, fashion houses, and medical and government organizations, among others. Illustrators are often self-employed. There are a variety of training options available for illustrators, including associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.These programs offer training in various elements of the visual arts (including digital illustration technology), as well as build a portfolio of illustrations for prospective clients or employers.
The illustrator's main duties include visualizing and producing artwork and line drawings based on concepts provided by clients or colleagues. They normally determine the type of medium and technique that is best suited to create the desired artwork and then employ the needed techniques to create it. The illustrator communicates with their clients throughout production and incorporates their feedback; they must produce a final product that meets all of their clients' needs.
- Develop artwork for specific projects that meets requirements.
- Use design and artistic software to alter and improve artwork.
- Deliver finished illustrations for a variety of projects, within deadlines and according to specifications.
- Research and interpret design and retail market trends.
Common Career Paths for Illustrator
Illustrators may progress into high-paying roles like Art Director, where median compensation is $56K annually. Many Illustrators advance into roles as Graphic Artists & Designers or Graphic Designers, but the median salaries are $6K lower and $2K lower, respectively.
Popular Skills for Illustrator
Typical Illustrators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Illustration, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.
Pay by Experience Level for Illustrator
Pay by Experience for an Illustrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Illustrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 221 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Illustrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Illustrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 56 salaries. An Illustrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 32 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Illustrators that is 79 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+58 percent), Cleveland (+58 percent), San Diego (+44 percent), and Los Angeles (+28 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Minneapolis Illustrators earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Tampa (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).
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