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Working As An Artist

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Stressful

  • $59,229

    Average Salary

What Does An Artist Do

An Artist develops and sketches creative ideas for a wide range of mediums. Some examples of artists are illustrators, graphic designers, sculptors, or multimedia artists.

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Artist Demographics

Gender

Female

55.2%

Male

42.7%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.0%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.8%

French

14.4%

Italian

6.6%

Chinese

4.7%

German

4.7%

Mandarin

3.5%

Japanese

3.1%

Russian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.7%

Korean

2.1%

Hebrew

1.8%

Greek

1.3%

Polish

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Cantonese

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Swedish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%
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Artist Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

16.4%

Full Sail University

8.2%

Academy of Art University

7.9%

Columbia College Chicago

5.5%

Art Institute of California - Inland

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.0%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

4.8%

New York University

4.8%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

School of Visual Arts

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

Temple University

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%

Pratt Institute-Main

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.8%

University of Southern California

2.8%
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Majors

Fine Arts

22.7%

Graphic Design

19.0%

Business

8.0%

Photography

5.3%

Animation

4.6%

Music

4.4%

Communication

4.3%

Psychology

3.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Computer Science

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Design And Visual Communication

2.4%

Entertainment Business

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.2%

English

2.2%

Theatre

2.0%

Elementary Education

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Other

25.7%

Masters

14.4%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.5%
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Real Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Flame Artist Framestore Inc. New York, NY Oct 15, 2015 $180,000
Flame Artist Framestore Inc. Culver City, CA Oct 19, 2015 $180,000
Story Artist The Secret Lab CA Sep 28, 2015 $160,795
Environment Artist Valve Corporation Bellevue, WA Oct 20, 2016 $140,000 -
$200,000
Paper Cut Artist Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 10, 2016 $140,000
Story Artist SONY Pictures Animation Inc. Culver City, CA Oct 26, 2015 $135,655
Flame Artist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jul 04, 2016 $125,000 -
$150,000
Multi-Media Artist Valve Bellevue, WA Aug 18, 2016 $120,000 -
$200,000
Story Artist Pixar Emeryville, CA Sep 22, 2015 $117,541
Environment Artist Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Nov 03, 2015 $117,078
Flame Artist Deluxe Media Creative Services, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Dec 19, 2015 $115,000 -
$160,000
Ui/Ux Artist Insomniac Games, Inc. Burbank, CA Nov 14, 2016 $115,000
Story Artist Pixar Emeryville, CA Nov 09, 2016 $80,891
Story Artist Pixar Emeryville, CA Nov 22, 2016 $80,642 -
$90,000
Story Artist Pixar Emeryville, CA Aug 14, 2016 $80,642
Story Artist Pixar Emeryville, CA Sep 14, 2016 $80,642 -
$90,000
FX Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jun 30, 2016 $80,000 -
$95,000
UI Artist Carbine, LLC Aliso Viejo, CA Jun 08, 2015 $80,000
VFX Artist Crazy Horse Effects, Inc. CA Oct 01, 2015 $80,000
Character Artist Cloud Imperium Games LLC Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2016 $80,000
Environment Artist Rockstar San Diego, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Sep 08, 2016 $64,700
Environment Artist Epic Games, Inc. Cary, NC Sep 14, 2015 $64,419 -
$104,967
Visiting Artist The School of The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL Jan 08, 2016 $63,000 -
$73,000
CG Artist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 01, 2015 $62,610 -
$83,480
Ui/Ux Artist GLU Mobile Inc. Long Beach, CA Aug 16, 2016 $60,000
Nuke Artist Framestore Inc. Culver City, CA Jul 11, 2016 $60,000
Character Artist Tangome, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 30, 2016 $60,000 -
$67,000
Cinematic Artist Telltale, Inc. San Rafael, CA May 04, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Artist

OriginalArtOriginalWorksAdobePhotoshopWebDesignCustomerServiceOnlinePhotographyPrepFoodVideoAdobeIllustratorConceptArtLayoutMakeupFacebookAcrylicSubwayArtShowsMacPhoneCallsMaya

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  1. Original Art
  2. Original Works
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create original artwork specified by commissioning customers and galleries.
  • Created beautiful one of a kind original works of art, jewelry, cake sculptures, and chocolates.
  • Cover art created through Adobe PhotoShop.
  • Freelance business focused on web design and maintenance, computer graphics, animation, movies and sculpture.
  • Computer-based training for customer service, sales techniques, and appropriate transaction requirements.

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Top Artist Employers

Artist Videos

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Day in the Life: Recording Artist

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