Salary for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

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Also known as:  Book Illustrator, Caricature Artist, Comic Artist, Comic Book Artist, Comic Illustrator, Commercial Artist, Concrete Sculptor, Editorial Cartoonist, Fashion Illustrator, Free Lance Artist

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The work of fine artists is to produce artwork using a wide variety of media and techniques. These professionals stay informed regarding the work and motivations of other artists, new techniques, and available technologies in the art world. They market their work to individual buyers and to art galleries, and may also work on commissioned projects. Their pieces generally convery messages, ideas, emotions, moods, or can, in some cases, serve a strictly aesthetic purpose. Artists generally have some college training, although it is not a requirement for the profession.

A Fine Artist, including a Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator gets an average compensation that can range from $19,570 to $122,900 depending on tenure and industry expertise. will normally get an average salary of sixty-five thousand and twenty dollars each year.

have the highest pay levels in California, where they earn average wages of close to about $85,840. These people are compensated the highest in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can receive wages of $70,140.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 49.29 percent nationwide in that time.

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Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$70,140
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,390
Public Administration
$64,980
Construction
$62,740
Educational Services
$59,570

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$39,980
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,320
Retail Trade
$47,190
Wholesale Trade
$54,190
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$54,250
Manufacturing
$55,210