Illustrator Salary

Illustrators in the United States pull down an average of $20.20 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Illustrators who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Illustrators is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$26,668 - $73,393
(Median)
$27K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,934
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$10.03 - $49.41
(Median)
$10
$20
$49
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$26,668 - $73,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
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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$21,437 - $99,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $49.41  
   
Overtime
$0.44 - $147.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
   
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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$21,437 - $99,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Technical Illustrator. Technical Illustrators on average make about as much as Illustrators do.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Illustrators who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustration, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Illustrators bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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


Austin offers some of the highest pay in the country for Illustrators, 53 percent above the national average. Illustrators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+36 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Boston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

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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 35 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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