Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,310
25th Percentile Wage
$36,380
50th Percentile Wage
$57,760
75th Percentile Wage
$78,290
90th Percentile Wage
$98,500

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators is $98,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators is $26,310.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,76016.12%19.84%
201548,450-6.77%-
201451,73011.91%-
201345,570-1.60%-
201246,300--

Compare Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in eleven industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators occupations is the testing laboratories industry with an annual salary $86,900. The lowest paying industry is the photographic services industry (annual salary $25,470). For detailed fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Testing Laboratories
$86,900
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$83,970
Scientific Research and Development Services
$82,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$76,790
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$63,150
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,760
Specialized Design Services
$47,970
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$44,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$43,560
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$38,680
Photographic Services
$25,470

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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