The average pay for a Tattoo Artist / Body Piercer is $26,040 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.

$14,707 - $97,871
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$26K
$98K
MEDIAN: $26,040
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$18,265 - $102,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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

  • 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 / Body Piercer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 68%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 89%
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