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Illustrator Salary

Average Illustrators in the United States make around $20.15 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. 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. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — the greater part lack coverage. On the flip side, over a third have medical insurance and just under one in three receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,821 - $74,497
(Median)
$29K
$47K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,674
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$10.08 - $49.15
(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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$28,821 - $74,497  
   
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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$21,754 - $98,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $49.15  
   
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).
)
$21,754 - $98,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186

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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Technical Illustrator. On average, Technical Illustrators get paid about the same as Illustrators do.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Illustrators usually 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 39 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Illustrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Illustrators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Illustrators, Austin offers exceptional salaries, 54 percent above the national average. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+39 percent) and Los Angeles (+26 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston.

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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 43 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 64%
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