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

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $64,800, California is the highest paying state for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators. It is followed by New Jersey (average annual salary $63,870). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 California
$64,800
$34,180 3,070
2 New Jersey
$63,870
$33,200 210
3 New York
$60,170
$31,050 1,350
4 Washington
$58,890
$25,130 420
5 Oklahoma
$56,150
$26,840 220
6 Minnesota
$55,280
$36,870 120
7 Illinois
$54,860
$19,580 270
8 Arizona
$54,090
$23,470 150
9 Hawaii
$52,670
$27,870 50
10 Connecticut
$52,260
$31,580 120
11 Louisiana
$52,000
$24,780 40
12 Virginia
$49,930
$26,440 260
13 Maine
$48,110
$25,690 40
14 Maryland
$47,170
$27,280 120
15 Oregon
$46,130
$31,990 350
16 Michigan
$45,880
$21,880 350
17 Massachusetts
$45,690
$20,820 170
18 New Mexico
$45,490
$37,400 70
19 North Carolina
$44,430
$27,050 170
20 Iowa
$44,080
$30,870 50
21 Utah
$43,720
$23,800 150
22 Georgia
$43,280
$21,390 310
23 Nevada
$42,710
$22,890 0
24 Kansas
$42,070
$18,060 40
25 Florida
$38,210
$18,650 580
26 Tennessee
$37,840
$17,330 180
27 Puerto Rico
$37,780
$18,430 60
28 Alabama
$37,710
$23,990 60
29 Alaska
$37,540
$24,750 0
30 Pennsylvania
$37,220
$25,290 330
31 Nebraska
$36,670
$19,630 60
32 Wisconsin
$34,960
$23,530 140
33 Indiana
$34,260
$17,570 70
34 Texas
$32,910
$16,670 600
35 Colorado
$30,420
$18,640 130
36 South Carolina
$29,590
$17,970 80
37 Missouri
$27,780
$17,130 170
38 Ohio
$19,880
$17,640 730

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, Top Paying Jobs in America.