The average hourly pay for a Tattoo Artist is $96.67.
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Job Description for Tattoo Artist
A tattoo artist applies permanent artwork to people’s bodies with the use of needles. The tattoo artist should always comply with health codes. It is important to keep the facility and materials clean and sterilized. Some tattoo artists do freelance work, while others work for a company. Prior to being hired by a company, it will usually be necessary to present a portfolio and demonstrate work. Many tattoo artists will work on commission. Some tattoo shops will offer an apprenticeship for a tatt…Read more
Tattoo Artist 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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Pay by Experience Level for Tattoo Artist
An entry-level Tattoo Artist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $30.00 based on 11 salaries. An early career Tattoo Artist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50.42 based on 94 salaries. A mid-career Tattoo Artist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99.63 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Tattoo Artist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116.99 based on 55 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $110.
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Employees with Tattoo Artist in their job title in Portland, Oregon earn an average of 29.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (21.5% more) and Houston, Texas (3.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Reno, Nevada (40.2% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (12.1% less).
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