Average Tattoo Artist Hourly Pay

$97.30
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$976
Bonus
$152,500
Commission
$500
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Tattoo Artist is $97.30.
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$14.65
MEDIAN
$97.30
90%
$150.25
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $150
Bonus
$5 - $10,101
Profit Sharing
$7 - $60,556
Commission
$0 - $152,500
Total Pay
$21,436 - $302,112
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What Do Tattoo Artists Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Tattoo Artist

4.5 out of 5
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What Are Popular Skills for Tattoo Artists?

Skills in Customer Service, Graphic Design, Design, Infectious Disease Knowledge and Sketch are correlated to pay that is above average.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Tattoo Artists?

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 $35.00 based on 11 salaries. An early career Tattoo Artist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51.20 based on 84 salaries. A mid-career Tattoo Artist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $100.67 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Tattoo Artist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $115.12 based on 52 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $110.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Tattoo Artist in their job title in Portland, Oregon earn an average of 28.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (20.8% more) and Houston, Texas (15.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (41.9% less), Reno, Nevada (40.6% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (12.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 211 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.2%
Early Career
39.8%
Mid Career
23.2%
Experienced
24.6%
Late Career
7.1%