Tattoo Artist Salary

Annual compensation for Tattoo Artists is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $41K (including $153K from bonuses and commissions). Men make up a slight majority of Tattoo Artists (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-sixth receive medical and dental insurance and nearly one in ten get vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,514 - $97,715
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$98K
MEDIAN: $29,879
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$8.38 - $149.80
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MEDIAN: $72.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$17,514 - $97,715  
   
Bonus
$2,153  
Profit Sharing
$20.00  
Commission
$150,350  
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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$17,850 - $260,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$150$300$450
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $149.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81 - $15.78  
Overtime
$130.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$300K$600K$900K
Bonus
$2,153  
   
Commission
$150,350  
Profit Sharing
$20.00  
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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$17,850 - $260,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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Job Description for Tattoo Artist

A tattoo artist applies permanent artwork to people’s bodies with the use of needles. The tattoo artist should always comply with health codes. It is important to keep the facility and materials clean and sterilized. Some tattoo artists do freelance work, while others work for a company. Prior to being hired by a company, it will usually be necessary to present a portfolio and demonstrate work. Many tattoo artists will work on commission. Some tattoo shops will offer an apprenticeship for a tattoo artist to learn the skills needed for the job. This job may have lower or no pay.

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Tattoo Artist Tasks

  • Design original or variations of known tattoos for customers.
  • Ensure the shop environment is sanitary and the tools are sterilized appropriately.
  • Apply tattoos on customer skin.

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Pay by Experience Level for Tattoo Artist

Pay by Experience for a Tattoo Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level Tattoo Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 78 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tattoo Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Tattoo Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 34 salaries. A Tattoo Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $164,000 based on 12 salaries.

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Key Stats for Tattoo Artist

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Tattoo Artist Salaries

Late-Career
▲302%

Experienced
▲35%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Tattoo Artist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

tattoo artist
▼27%

Customer Service
▼39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 81%
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