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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 $68,790, New Jersey is the highest paying state for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators. It is followed by California (average annual salary $64,120). 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 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 New Jersey
$68,790
$37,080 150
2 California
$64,120
$32,680 2,280
3 Connecticut
$63,130
$28,600 200
4 New York
$61,930
$41,520 1,560
5 Georgia
$61,200
$17,900 280
6 Oklahoma
$59,590
$27,910 220
7 Arizona
$54,960
$26,530 160
8 Illinois
$54,730
$23,900 300
9 Louisiana
$54,690
$27,130 30
10 Minnesota
$52,830
$34,370 170
11 Hawaii
$52,670
$27,870 70
12 Kansas
$52,070
$28,060 50
13 Virginia
$50,990
$27,010 260
14 Oregon
$50,530
$34,180 280
15 Maine
$48,110
$25,690 40
16 Maryland
$46,930
$31,750 150
17 Indiana
$46,690
$25,260 130
18 Washington
$45,030
$24,930 350
19 Massachusetts
$44,180
$23,690 320
20 North Carolina
$43,050
$22,690 190
21 Nevada
$42,710
$22,890 0
22 Utah
$42,440
$21,190 190
23 Tennessee
$40,650
$22,510 180
24 Iowa
$39,350
$26,440 90
25 Nebraska
$38,320
$19,720 60
26 Alabama
$37,710
$23,990 60
27 Alaska
$37,540
$24,750 0
28 Florida
$37,450
$19,830 740
29 Michigan
$37,260
$22,910 470
30 Pennsylvania
$37,220
$25,290 370
31 Wisconsin
$36,650
$17,340 90
32 Puerto Rico
$34,830
$24,600 50
33 Colorado
$33,850
$19,600 140
34 New Mexico
$33,790
$26,050 50
35 Ohio
$33,610
$18,290 480
36 Missouri
$31,680
$17,860 160
37 Kentucky
$30,910
$17,540 60
38 Texas
$29,530
$16,850 550
39 Vermont
$27,510
$18,800 50
40 Montana
$24,350
$17,860 60
41 Mississippi
$23,500
$17,220 30
42 South Carolina
$19,910
$15,950 150
43 Arkansas
$19,040
$17,950 110
44 West Virginia
$18,000
$15,690 30

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.