How Much Do Fine Artists and Painters Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Fine Artists and Painters

Fine Artists and Painters create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

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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
$65020 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$19,570 to $31,200 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Fine Artists, Painters, Sculptors and Illustrators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $19,570 to $31,200 per year or $9 to $15 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 Fine Artists, Painters, Sculptors and Illustrators 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%) $59 $122,900
Senior (Top 25%) $38 $78,410
Middle (Mid 50%) $25 $52,340
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $31,200
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $19,570

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $41 $85,840
CT $39 $81,910
NJ $35 $72,280
MA $33 $68,060
MN $33 $67,860
MD $31 $64,920
MI $31 $64,470
VA $31 $64,110
AL $28 $58,720
WA $28 $58,600

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Fine Artist, Painter, Sculptor and Illustrator 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 Fine Artists and Painters are in the states of CA, CT, NJ, MA and MN.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $97170 $46.72
Motion Picture and Video Industries $94830 $45.59
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $80250 $38.58
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $80220 $38.57
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $78130 $37.56
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $74610 $35.87
Federal Executive Branch $74250 $35.70
Software Publishers $72820 $35.01
Employment Services $70650 $33.97
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $70210 $33.76
Management of Companies and Enterprises $67390 $32.40
Amusement Parks and Arcades $65970 $31.72
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $65310 $31.40
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $64930 $31.21
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $57260 $27.53
Performing Arts Companies $56260 $27.05
State Government $53750 $25.84
Specialized Design Services $53550 $25.75
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $52680 $25.33
Other Schools and Instruction $50790 $24.42
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $50600 $24.33
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $50340 $24.20
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers $48030 $23.09
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $38680 $18.60
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $37110 $17.84
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $31050 $14.93
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $30110 $14.48
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $29580 $14.22

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