Illustrator Salary

Median pay for Illustrators in the United States is around $20.18 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — the larger part — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than a third and dental plans are enjoyed by just under a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Illustrators who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,576 - $75,004
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $45,367
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$10.07 - $49.28
(Median)
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$20
$49
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$28,576 - $75,004  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$21,607 - $99,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $49.28  
   
Overtime
$0.57 - $146.81  
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 - $5,068  
   
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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$21,607 - $99,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Illustrators tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Technical Illustrator. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Survey takers who work as Illustrators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustration, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Illustrator

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


Illustrators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Illustrators bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $63K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Illustrators will find that Austin offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 53 percent. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+34 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Boston is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average.

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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 38 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 62%
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