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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,620
25th Percentile Wage
$32,230
50th Percentile Wage
$50,790
75th Percentile Wage
$72,260
90th Percentile Wage
$103,680

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 $103,680. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,620. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 428% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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 from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,7908.53%11.70%
201546,4605.53%-
201443,8902.92%-
201342,610-5.26%-
201244,850--

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 13 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 $71,250. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $21,830).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$71,250
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,030
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,760
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,760
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,130
Wholesale Trade
$55,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$53,130
Educational Services
$44,370
Manufacturing
$44,170
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,570
Retail Trade
$36,000
Construction
$32,010
Health Care and Social Assistance
$21,830

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 $19,880 to $64,800. The highest paying state for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators is California with a median annual salary of $64,800. The lowest paying state is Ohio with a median annual salary of $19,880. 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
California
$64,800
New Jersey
$63,870
New York
$60,170
Washington
$58,890
Oklahoma
$56,150
Minnesota
$55,280
Illinois
$54,860
Arizona
$54,090
Hawaii
$52,670
Connecticut
$52,260
Louisiana
$52,000
Virginia
$49,930
Maine
$48,110
Maryland
$47,170
Oregon
$46,130
Michigan
$45,880
Massachusetts
$45,690
New Mexico
$45,490
North Carolina
$44,430
Iowa
$44,080
Utah
$43,720
Georgia
$43,280
Nevada
$42,710
Kansas
$42,070
Florida
$38,210
Tennessee
$37,840
Puerto Rico
$37,780
Alabama
$37,710
Alaska
$37,540
Pennsylvania
$37,220
Nebraska
$36,670
Wisconsin
$34,960
Indiana
$34,260
Texas
$32,910
Colorado
$30,420
South Carolina
$29,590
Missouri
$27,780
Ohio
$19,880


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