Illustrator Salary

For Illustrators, hourly average wages total $19.81 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a little less than half have medical coverage and just under one in three have dental coverage, slightly more than half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Illustrators. Female Illustrators survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,012 - $76,433
$22K
$44K
$76K
MEDIAN: $43,843
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$10.01 - $51.17
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MEDIAN: $19.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$22,012 - $76,433  
   
Bonus
$3,500  
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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$21,077 - $95,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $51.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$6.79 - $49.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,500  
   
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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$21,077 - $95,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 198

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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

  • 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


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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.

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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

National Average: $41,742

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Illustrator

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Illustrator Salaries

▲48%

▲46%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Illustrator Salaries


Adobe Illustrator
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%


Graphic Design
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 53%
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