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

The average annual and hourly salaries for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators among Washington areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,130
25th Percentile Wage
$30,050
50th Percentile Wage
$58,890
75th Percentile Wage
$83,900
90th Percentile Wage
$102,280

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $102,280. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $58,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,130.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.08
25th Percentile Wage
$14.45
50th Percentile Wage
$28.31
75th Percentile Wage
$40.34
90th Percentile Wage
$49.17

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $49.17. The median hourly salary is $28.31. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.08.

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
201658,890-20.58%11.92%
201571,0102.35%-
201469,34022.80%-
201353,5303.10%-
201251,870--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in state of Washington ranges from $47,510 to $64,540. The highest paying area for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $64,540. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $64,140). The lowest paying area is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $47,510.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$64,540
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$64,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$47,510



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