Illustrator Salary

Illustrators in the United States take home approximately $20.00 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience 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. Female Illustrators survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Although over one-half lack health benefits of any kind, just under one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one in three get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,187 - $77,419
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$45K
$77K
MEDIAN: $44,968
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$10.04 - $51.07
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$0$96K
Salary $23,187 - $77,419
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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$21,253 - $96,398
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 133
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $10.04 - $51.07
Hourly Tips $0.42
Overtime $6.79 - $49.02
Annual Data $0$96K
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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$21,253 - $96,398
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 192

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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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As Illustrators transition into upper-level roles such as Art Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Art Directors earn $56K on average per year. Illustrators most frequently advance into Graphic Artist & Designer and Graphic Designer roles even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Illustrators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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 as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to know 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: $42,366

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Illustrators, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 77 percent above the national average. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+56 percent), Cleveland (+56 percent), San Diego (+42 percent), and Los Angeles (+26 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Illustrators in Minneapolis earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Chicago and 3 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Illustrator

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Illustrator Salaries

▲46%

▲44%

▲7%

National Average
$42,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Illustrator Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Adobe Illustrator
▼1%

▼3%


Graphic Design
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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