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Illustrator Salary

An average Illustrator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $20.44 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Illustrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, more than a third do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Illustrators (54 percent) survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,068 - $74,256
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$29K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,321
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$10.13 - $49.59
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,068 - $74,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
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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$22,751 - $100,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $49.59  
   
Overtime
$0.71 - $145.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
   
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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$22,751 - $100,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185

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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


Illustrators only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Adobe InDesign and Illustration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Illustrator

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


For many Illustrators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. Illustrators bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $64K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 51 percent, Illustrators in Austin receive some of the highest pay in the country. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+33 percent) and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Illustrator Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Illustrator Salaries

Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$44,000

Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 64%