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

The top 69 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 $82,190, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California is the highest paying city for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators. It is followed by Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan (average annual salary $82,000). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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. 69 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$82,190
n/a
2 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$82,000
70
3 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$74,920
740
4 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$68,690
40
5 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$65,050
1,640
6 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$64,540
320
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$64,420
70
8 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$64,140
330
9 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$63,130
60
10 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$63,130
60
11 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$61,290
170
12 Santa Fe, New Mexico
$61,110
30
13 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$60,670
440
14 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$60,240
210
15 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$59,270
60
16 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$58,840
1,520
17 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$57,480
1,180
18 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$57,460
70
19 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$56,710
220
20 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$56,680
280
21 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$56,210
50
22 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$56,040
110
23 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$55,830
80
24 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$55,820
240
25 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$55,200
190
26 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$54,670
170
27 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$53,730
n/a
28 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$52,940
70
29 Honolulu, Hawaii
$51,270
30
30 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$50,950
120
31 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$50,470
230
32 Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
$49,020
40
33 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$47,510
270
34 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$47,190
220
35 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$47,010
130
36 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$46,200
30
37 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$46,050
120
38 Salt Lake City, Utah
$45,860
40
39 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$44,030
130
40 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$43,780
40
41 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$43,310
100
42 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$42,820
n/a
43 Kansas City, Missouri
$41,880
40
44 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$40,910
60
45 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$39,830
50
46 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$39,060
170
47 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$38,480
50
48 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$37,650
40
49 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$37,440
70
50 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$37,360
80
51 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York
$37,290
n/a
52 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$36,850
50
53 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$35,150
40
54 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$34,470
n/a
55 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$34,180
40
56 Canton-Massillon, Ohio
$31,290
n/a
57 Provo-Orem, Utah
$30,030
40
58 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$29,220
40
59 Jacksonville, Florida
$29,210
50
60 Colorado Springs, Colorado
$27,700
n/a
61 St Louis, Missouri
$27,410
110
62 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$25,950
40
63 Gainesville, Florida
$25,440
30
64 Richmond, Virginia
$24,500
30
65 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
$22,250
40
66 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$19,260
90
67 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$19,120
n/a
68 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$19,120
190
69 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$18,980
70
See also: Highest paying industries for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators.