Average Tattoo Artist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Tattoo Artist is $96.67.
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $150
$5 - $10,137
Profit Sharing
$12 - $1,130
$0 - $5,000
Total Pay
$21,122 - $277,581

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Job Description for Tattoo Artist

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

4.3 out of 5
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Popular Skills for Tattoo Artist

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

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.

Pay Difference by Location

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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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