Technical Illustrator Salary
A Technical Illustrator earns an average salary of $56,305 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
|Salary||$41,479 - $88,086|
|Bonus||$350.00 - $9,580|
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|$38,859 - $84,385|
|Hourly Rate||$14.90 - $35.48|
|Bonus||$350.00 - $9,580|
|Total Pay (||$38,859 - $84,385|
Job Description for Technical Illustrator
Technical illustrators create visual diagrams and schematics of technical information. A technical illustrator can create a diagram that shows how a certain machine works in a visual manner. Other uses of technical illustrations include drawings of inventions that are submitted for patents.Read More...
Technical illustrators can work in a variety of manners. Some technical illustrators work closely with a team of engineers, since the illustrator is tasked with creating the visual design and schematic of the engineering team’s invention. Technical illustrators can also work as freelance workers, since their work is contingent upon the output of engineering teams. They can be hired “as needed” by companies or individuals. The skills required include drafting and drawing skills, as well as knowledge of drafting software. Many of the drawings completed are initially done by hand, so strong spatial reasoning and mathematics to ensure everything is drawn to scale is important. The final drawings are completed using professional-grade software, so failure to know how to use AutoCAD will be a hindrance to getting hired.
Unlike engineers, technical illustrators do not need a four-year college degree. Illustrators just need to show their competence in using the software tools and their ability to draw in a clean, concise manner. However, many technical illustrators have completed courses at a community college to refine their spatial reasoning and mathematics skills and to hone their artistic and drafting skills.
Technical Illustrator Tasks
- Coordinate with other teams to understand the purpose and needed perspectives for illustrations.
- Lay out text, instructions, or other information around drawings.
- Draw schematics or multi-angle views of products or parts, and create detailed design drawings.
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Pay by Experience Level for Technical Illustrator
Pay by Experience for a Technical Illustrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Illustrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 32 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Illustrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 27 salaries. An experienced Technical Illustrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 27 salaries. A Technical Illustrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 21 salaries.
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