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Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary Information

The salary statistics of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,590
25th Percentile Wage
$32,920
50th Percentile Wage
$49,520
75th Percentile Wage
$70,120
90th Percentile Wage
$102,540

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators is $102,540. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,590. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 374% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$49,520
-2.56% 9.43%
2016
$50,790
8.53% -
2015
$46,460
5.53% -
2014
$43,890
2.92% -
2013
$42,610
-5.26% -
2012
$44,850
- -

Table 2. Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $65,490. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $22,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$65,490
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$61,830
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$56,860
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,370
Wholesale Trade
$54,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$52,590
Manufacturing
$45,560
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,230
Educational Services
$44,000
Construction
$38,690
Retail Trade
$36,210
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,260

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators by States

From the above tables we note that not only fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,000 to $68,790. The highest paying state for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $68,790. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $18,000. For more salary information of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$68,790
California
$64,120
Connecticut
$63,130
New York
$61,930
Georgia
$61,200
Oklahoma
$59,590
Arizona
$54,960
Illinois
$54,730
Louisiana
$54,690
Minnesota
$52,830
Hawaii
$52,670
Kansas
$52,070
Virginia
$50,990
Oregon
$50,530
Maine
$48,110
Maryland
$46,930
Indiana
$46,690
Washington
$45,030
Massachusetts
$44,180
North Carolina
$43,050
Nevada
$42,710
Utah
$42,440
Tennessee
$40,650
Iowa
$39,350
Nebraska
$38,320
Alabama
$37,710
Alaska
$37,540
Florida
$37,450
Michigan
$37,260
Pennsylvania
$37,220
Wisconsin
$36,650
Puerto Rico
$34,830
Colorado
$33,850
New Mexico
$33,790
Ohio
$33,610
Missouri
$31,680
Kentucky
$30,910
Texas
$29,530
Vermont
$27,510
Montana
$24,350
Mississippi
$23,500
South Carolina
$19,910
Arkansas
$19,040
West Virginia
$18,000



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