Tattoo Artist Salary (United States)

A Tattoo Artist earns an average wage of $48.54 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Tattoo Artist Total Pay (?
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$13,602 - $51,921
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $31,768
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Tattoo Artist Total Pay (?
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$9.86 - $121.46
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$13,602 - $51,921  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,207  
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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$19,624 - $211,559  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $121.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.39 - $6.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,207  
   
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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$19,624 - $211,559  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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Job Description for Tattoo Artist
  • Apply tattoos on customer skin.
  • Ensure the shop environment is sanitary and the tools are sterilized appropriately.
  • Design original or variations of known tattoos for customers.

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Experience Affects Tattoo Artist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 88%
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