Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer Salary

The average pay for a Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer is $22,240 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience strongly influences salary for this job.

$14,597 - $98,633
$15K
$22K
$99K
MEDIAN: $22,240
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50%
90%

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$14,597 - $98,633  
   
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$16,560 - $89,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer

Tattoo artists and body piercers work directly on their clients' bodies in a controlled indoor environment. Although formal education requirements are not strict for this profession, some states require a valid license to provide tattoos and/or piercings to clients. Those with five or more years of experience are considered "fully qualified," and examples of prior work and past references are highly beneficial.

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Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer 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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Key Stats for Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer Salaries

Experienced
▲86%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼19%

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 89%