How Much Do Craft Artists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Craft Artists

Craft Artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$38260 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$21,630 to $27,400 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Craft Artists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,630 to $27,400 per year or $10 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Craft Artists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $29 $59,620
Senior (Top 25%) $22 $45,390
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $35,180
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $27,400
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $21,630

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $24 $49,740
OR $23 $48,730
IN $23 $47,530
MN $21 $44,360
TN $20 $42,320
MA $20 $41,650
NY $19 $40,150
OK $19 $39,800
KY $19 $39,550
UT $19 $39,470

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Craft Artist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Craft Artists are in the states of CA, OR, IN, MN and TN.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $63290 $30.43
Performing Arts Companies $47290 $22.73
Management of Companies and Enterprises $47090 $22.64
Local Government $46230 $22.22
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $44250 $21.28
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $42830 $20.59
Miscellaneous Store Retailers $40530 $19.48
Other Textile Product Mills $40260 $19.36
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $37270 $17.92
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $35400 $17.02
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $35040 $16.84
Home Furnishings Stores $34770 $16.72
Specialized Design Services $34550 $16.61
Printing and Related Support Activities $34390 $16.53
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $34350 $16.52
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $34160 $16.42
Animal Slaughtering and Processing $31570 $15.18
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $30940 $14.88
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers $27390 $13.17
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