Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,680
25th Percentile Wage
$48,550
50th Percentile Wage
$64,120
75th Percentile Wage
$92,160
90th Percentile Wage
$141,130

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $141,130. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $64,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,680.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$64,120
-1.06% 15.44%
2016
$64,800
5.71% -
2015
$61,100
3.75% -
2014
$58,810
9.03% -
2013
$53,500
-1.35% -
2012
$54,220
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in state of California ranges from $44,030 to $82,190. The highest paying area for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in California is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $82,190. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (mean annual salary $67,510). The lowest paying area is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine with a median annual salary of $44,030.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$82,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$67,510
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$63,130
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$60,670
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,690
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$59,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$58,840
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$55,700
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$44,030




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