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Tattoo Artist Salary

Tattoo Artists in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $31K per year. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Tattoo Artists are happy with their jobs. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-tenth, and fewer than one in twenty earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,424 - $59,598
(Median)
$14K
$31K
$60K
MEDIAN: $30,647
10%
50%
90%

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$9.89 - $126.27
(Median)
$9
$48
$130
MEDIAN: $47.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$14,424 - $59,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$17,962 - $210,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $126.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $16.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,087  
   
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).
)
$17,962 - $210,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Tattoo Artist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. For Tattoo Artists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Tattoo Artist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 11% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 89%