Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,520
25th Percentile Wage
$25,170
50th Percentile Wage
$41,570
75th Percentile Wage
$59,530
90th Percentile Wage
$99,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. 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 $99,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators is $18,520.

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 arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,5702.57%15.28%
201540,50015.16%-
201434,360-6.08%-
201336,4503.37%-
201235,220--

Compare Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in eight industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation 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 theater companies and dinner theaters industry with an annual salary $44,400. The lowest paying industry is the amusement, gambling, and recreation industries industry (annual salary $19,430). 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
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$44,400
Performing Arts Companies
$43,940
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$43,540
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$42,850
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$33,990
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$33,990
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$23,700
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$19,430

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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