$30,934
Avg. Salary
$81.93
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,000

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

$150,350

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Tattoo Artist is $81.93 per hour.

The average pay for a Tattoo Artist is $30,934 per year.

$10.43
10%
$81.93
50%
$148.99
90%
MEDIAN $81.93
$18k
10%
$31k
50%
$95k
90%
MEDIAN $30,934
$18,269 - $94,850
$18K
$31K
$95K
MEDIAN: $30,934
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50%
90%

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$10.43 - $149
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MEDIAN: $81.93
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$0$261K
Salary $18,269 - $94,850
Bonus $5.07 - $9,933
Profit Sharing $500
Commission $150,350
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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$19,549 - $261,844
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 156
Hourly Data $0$150
Hourly Rate $10.43 - $149
Hourly Tips $0.33 - $15.98
Overtime $120
Annual Data $0$261K
Bonus $5.07 - $9,933
Commission $150,350
Profit Sharing $500
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).
)
$19,549 - $261,844
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 114

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 tattoo artist to learn the skills needed for the job. This job may have lower or no pay.

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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.

Tattoo Artist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Tattoo Artist

Pay by Experience for a Tattoo Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level Tattoo Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 78 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tattoo Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Tattoo Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 34 salaries. A Tattoo Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $164,000 based on 12 salaries.

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Key Stats for Tattoo Artist

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Tattoo Artist Salaries

Late-Career
▲294%

Experienced
▲32%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Tattoo Artist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

tattoo artist
▼28%

Customer Service
▼40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
no benefits
None: 86%