Tattoo Artist Salary

Tattoo Artists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $31K annually. Earnings generally vary between $19K and $211K per year. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. Male Tattoo Artists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in eight, and less than five percent earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$18,289 - $59,425
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$59K
MEDIAN: $30,671
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$8.30 - $127.66
(Median)
$8
$50
$130
MEDIAN: $49.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary 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.
)
$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$18,289 - $59,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,590  
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).
)
$18,652 - $211,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $127.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $12.58  
Overtime
$60.50  
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,590  
   
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).
)
$18,652 - $211,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Tattoo Artist Tasks

  • 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.

Tattoo Artist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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 $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tattoo Artists make a median salary of $49K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $46K.

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Tattoo Artist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 12%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 88%
ADVERTISEMENT