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Illustrator Salary

The average Illustrator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $20.34 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Illustrators. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, over a third do receive medical benefits and slightly less than a third have dental insurance. 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.
$26,761 - $71,757
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MEDIAN: $46,806
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$10.07 - $49.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$26,761 - $71,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,781  
Commission
$15.00 - $9,000  
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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$21,698 - $100,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $49.85  
   
Overtime
$0.50 - $147.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,781  
   
Commission
$15.00 - $9,000  
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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$21,698 - $100,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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 tends to stay somewhat level when they assume higher-end positions like Technical Illustrator. On average, Technical Illustrators get paid about the same as Illustrators. Illustrators most frequently become Graphic Artists & Designers and Fine Artists even though median compensation is $9K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Typical Illustrators report a focused set of job skills. Illustration and Adobe Photoshop are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Illustrator

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes 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 $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $66K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Illustrators that is 50 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+37 percent) and New York (+15 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Illustrator Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Illustrator Salaries



National Average
$45,000

Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 64%