Illustrator Salary

Earnings for Illustrators in the United States come in at around $20.00 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Illustrators are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little over a half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,825 - $73,063
$24K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,968
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90%

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$10.22 - $49.96
$10
$20
$50
MEDIAN: $19.80
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$0$87K
Salary $23,825 - $73,063
Bonus $302.01 - $10,256
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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$22,725 - $87,846
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $10.22 - $49.96
Hourly Tips $0.53
Overtime $6.86 - $48.66
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $302.01 - $10,256
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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$22,725 - $87,846
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 187

Job Description for Illustrator

An illustrator creates drawings for physical and digital products and purposes. These drawings are often used in publications such as magazines and books, as well as products such as greeting cards, calendars, packaging, and digital illustrations. An illustrator often uses pen/pencil drawings or watercolors, but the use of digital illustration applications is now common as well.

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Illustrator Tasks

  • Develop artwork for specific projects that meets requirements.
  • Use design and artistic software to alter and improve artwork.
  • Deliver finished illustrations for a variety of projects, within deadlines and according to specifications.
  • Research and interpret design and retail market trends.

Common Career Paths for Illustrator


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For Illustrators, progressing to an Art Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Art Director can earn $56K annually. A lot of Illustrators advance their careers by becoming Graphic Artists & Designers and Graphic Designers. However, those positions offer $7K less and $3K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Illustrator


Survey takers who work as Illustrators usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Illustration, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe InDesign and Illustration also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Illustrator

Pay by Experience for an Illustrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Illustrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 221 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Illustrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Illustrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 56 salaries. An Illustrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,034

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

For those looking to make money, Illustrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 76 percent above the national average. Illustrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+56 percent), Cleveland (+55 percent), San Diego (+41 percent), and Los Angeles (+25 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Minneapolis Illustrators earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Tampa (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Illustrator

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Illustrator Salaries

▲47%

▲45%

▲8%

National Average
$42,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Illustrator Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Adobe Illustrator
▼1%

▼2%


Graphic Design
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 50%