Medical Illustrator Salary

A Medical Illustrator earns an average salary of $55,277 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$42,692 - $68,030
MEDIAN: $55,277

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$42,692 - $68,030  
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$43,063 - $80,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Medical Illustrator

Medical illustration is a very large, varying field of work. A medical illustrator can be involved in many different specialties. Photographers and videographers are needed to produce visual records of a patient's medical history, which can be used for education or research. They may be needed to photograph or film patients’ specific ailments, undertake specialized forms of photography like 3D or internal imaging, specialize in bereavement or forensic imaging, or record images for publicity materials. They are also responsible for the editing of these images or films, using computer software. Alternatively, graphic designers and traditional artists create things like posters and pamphlets, visual lecture materials, corporate publications, or websites that can also be used in patient care, education, or medical research. Because of this wide variety of needs, a medical illustrator can find themselves employed at a hospital, a medical school, or a specialty publisher.


Medical Illustrator Tasks

  • May create artwork for posters, publications, lecture materials or websites.
  • May operate 3-D imaging or specialist cameras that function inside the body.
  • Photograph, record, illustrate, and process visual records of patients' conditions, surgical procedures, treatments, or anatomy.
  • Obtain consents from patients.

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Experience Affects Medical Illustrator Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.


79 %
21 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 29%