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Highest Paying Cities for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

The top 100 highest paying cities for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $84,950, Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA is the highest paying city for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators. It is followed by Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (average annual salary $82,190). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA
$84,950
n/a
2 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$82,190
n/a
3 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$82,000
70
4 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$74,920
740
5 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$68,690
40
6 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$67,510
1,400
7 Memphis, Tennessee
$67,140
30
8 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$66,130
1,630
9 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$63,450
130
10 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$63,130
100
11 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$63,130
60
12 Santa Fe, New Mexico
$61,110
30
13 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$60,670
90
14 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$60,150
1,220
15 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$59,830
1,340
16 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$59,690
200
17 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$59,600
n/a
18 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$59,270
60
19 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$59,080
70
20 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$58,840
1,520
21 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, USA
$58,440
230
22 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$57,480
160
23 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$57,250
70
24 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$56,640
230
25 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$56,210
50
26 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$55,700
100
27 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$55,110
260
28 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$55,010
160
29 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$54,590
150
30 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$54,450
240
31 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$53,140
50
32 Kansas City, Missouri
$51,540
40
33 Honolulu, Hawaii
$51,270
30
34 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$51,000
270
35 Urban Honolulu, USA
$50,040
n/a
36 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$49,800
30
37 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$49,600
40
38 Salt Lake City, Utah
$47,000
70
39 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$46,390
40
40 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$46,190
110
41 Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
$45,350
50
42 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$45,040
220
43 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$44,030
130
44 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$43,550
70
45 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$42,820
n/a
46 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$42,580
120
47 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$42,480
60
48 Dayton, Ohio
$41,350
n/a
49 Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, USA
$39,620
n/a
50 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$39,620
130
51 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$39,580
170
52 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$39,340
40
53 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$39,260
250
54 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$39,130
140
55 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$38,880
n/a
56 Rochester, New York
$38,860
30
57 Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania
$38,730
40
58 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$38,640
230
59 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$38,440
230
60 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$38,300
80
61 Medford, Oregon
$37,870
n/a
62 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$37,790
140
63 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$37,440
60
64 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$37,340
30
65 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York
$37,290
n/a
66 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$36,260
160
67 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$35,720
n/a
68 New Haven, Connecticut
$35,720
n/a
69 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$35,520
50
70 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$35,490
60
71 Lincoln, Nebraska
$35,460
40
72 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$35,370
80
73 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$35,210
50
74 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$35,150
60
75 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$34,850
40
76 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$34,470
n/a
77 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$34,390
80
78 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$34,180
40
79 Colorado Springs, Colorado
$34,120
n/a
80 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$34,050
60
81 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
$33,900
30
82 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$33,870
30
83 Jacksonville, Florida
$33,530
70
84 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$33,460
n/a
85 St Louis, Missouri
$32,060
120
86 Madison, Wisconsin
$31,350
60
87 Canton-Massillon, Ohio
$31,290
n/a
88 Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
$31,240
30
89 Provo-Orem, Utah
$30,030
40
90 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$30,000
30
91 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$29,520
90
92 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$29,220
40
93 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$25,950
40
94 Gainesville, Florida
$25,440
30
95 Richmond, Virginia
$24,500
30
96 Columbus, Ohio
$22,490
180
97 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
$22,250
40
98 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$19,330
50
99 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$19,260
90
100 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$19,120
n/a
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