Tattoo Artist Salary (United States)

A Tattoo Artist earns an average salary of $31,768 per year. 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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$14,544 - $51,622
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $31,768
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Tattoo Artist Total Pay (?
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$9.88 - $122.69
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$14,544 - $51,622  
   
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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$19,574 - $210,055  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $122.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.48 - $4.91  
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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$19,574 - $210,055  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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 31%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 87%
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