Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salary

Earnings for Fine Artists in the United States come in at around $20.20 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men working as Fine Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in three, and approximately one in seven earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,653 - $85,000
$20K
$48K
$85K
MEDIAN: $47,973
10%
50%
90%

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$10.13 - $49.23
$10
$21
$49
MEDIAN: $20.62
10%
50%
90%

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$0$99K
Salary $19,653 - $85,000
Bonus $402.68 - $99,329
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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$20,360 - $95,358
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 114
Hourly Data $0$969
Hourly Rate $10.13 - $49.23
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $13.53 - $970
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $402.68 - $99,329
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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$20,360 - $95,358
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 122

Job Description for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator

Whether in marketing, entertainment, architecture, or design firms, fine artists (including painters, sculptors, and illustrators) have a profound impact on how companies' products and services are perceived by potential consumers. Illustrators and painters work to make packaging, advertisements, websites, and other materials/media eye-catching and effective, while sculptors accomplish the same with three-dimensional works.

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Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Tasks

  • Design creative visual elements using a variety of mediums in collaboration with the client/customer.
  • Ability to use computer-related equipment and software such as Visio, Illustrator, PhotoShop, CAD/CAM, etc. commonly used in the industry.
  • Work closely with other departments in production.
  • Produce visual elements with a range of creative objectives from creating completely unique concepts to creating close technical copies of existing objects for a variety of projects.

Common Career Paths for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator


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Fine Artists may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Illustrator. Illustrators on average make about as much as Fine Artists do. Fine Artists most frequently advance into Graphic Artist & Designer and Graphic Designer roles even though the median salaries are $9K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator

Pay by Experience for a Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 90 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 69 salaries. An experienced Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 71 salaries. A Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,622

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Fine Artists, working in the bustling city of Warren has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Fine Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Fine Artists in Atlanta earning a whopping 33 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Francisco (12 percent lower) and Seattle (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
28%

Experience Affects Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salaries

▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
▼9%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator Salaries

Graphic Design
▲82%

sculpting
▲10%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000

drawing
▼24%

Adobe Photoshop
▼37%

Painting
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 69%