Illustrator Salary

Median pay for Illustrators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $20.14 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the larger part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by over a third and dental coverage is claimed by just under one in three. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Work is enjoyable for Illustrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,842 - $72,020

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$10.01 - $49.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$23,842 - $72,020  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Commission
$29.48 - $8,139  
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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$21,233 - $96,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $49.28  
   
Overtime
$0.44 - $147.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Commission
$29.48 - $8,139  
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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$21,233 - $96,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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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.

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Illustrator Tasks

  • Deliver finished illustrations for a variety of projects, within deadlines and according to specifications.
  • Research and interpret design and retail market trends.
  • Develop artwork for specific projects that meets requirements.
  • Use design and artistic software to alter and improve artwork.

Common Career Paths for Illustrator


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As Illustrators make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Technical Illustrator position pays around the same amount as the Illustrator job on average.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Job skills reported by Illustrators are limited. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustration, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Illustrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Illustrators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Illustrators bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Illustrators that is 55 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Illustrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Illustrator Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Illustrator Salaries

Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 62%
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