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Illustrator Salary

The average Illustrator in the United States earns approximately $20.19 per hour. Location and years of experience 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 55 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the larger part lack any form of coverage — but more than a third have medical insurance, and just under a third have dental, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,757 - $74,666
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,321
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$10.10 - $49.22
(Median)
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$20
$49
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$28,757 - $74,666  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$22,093 - $99,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $49.22  
   
Overtime
$0.64 - $146.17  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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).
)
$22,093 - $99,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184

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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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Illustrators may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Technical Illustrator. Technical Illustrators on average make about as much as Illustrators do.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Professional skills reported by Illustrators are few in number. Most notably, facility with Adobe InDesign and Illustration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent and 8 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Illustrator

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Illustrators. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Illustrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Illustrators, Austin provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+39 percent) and Los Angeles (+18 percent). In Boston, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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 44 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 63%
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