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Tattoo Artist Salary

Tattoo Artists in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $31K per year on average. Roughly a seventh report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect dental insurance. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Tattoo Artists are male. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$13,602 - $52,057
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $31,121
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$9.97 - $124.23
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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 - $52,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$18,383 - $211,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $124.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $16.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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).
)
$18,383 - $211,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
United States (change)

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 38%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 7%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 86%