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

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 usually gets an average pay level of between 40000 - 60000 based on experience. Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators will usually earn a pay level of Fifty Three Thousand Two Hundred dollars every year.

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators have the best average pay in Delaware, which has an average job salary of about $133280. These people receive the highest salary in Wholesale Trade, where they can earn salary pay of $74470.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.91 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators tend to make the most in the following industries
Health Care and Social Assistance $74,470
Wholesale Trade $63,700
Information $61,880
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $60,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $59,340
Public Administration $52,740
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $33,160
Educational Services $38,950
Manufacturing $44,320
Retail Trade $46,300
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $50,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises $51,730
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