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Artist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$64,000
$42,000
$64,000
$98,000
Artists in the United States make an average salary of $64,943 per year or $31.22 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $42,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $98,000. If you like following the crowd, manufacturing and hospitality companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out media, technology, and hospitality companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona provide the highest artist salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Novato, CA
$67,931
Reno, NV
$66,833
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Map of Artist Salaries

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Average Salary

Average Artist Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an artist is roughly $64,943 per year, which boils down to $31.22 per hour. Interestingly enough, artists have the highest salaries in Novato, CA at about $67,931 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Novato, CA is $38,000. Additionally, artists make more than the average salary in Reno, NV, Bellevue, WA, Glendale, AZ, Austin, TX, and Baton Rouge, LA. On a more broad level, artist salaries are highest in Alaska, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and Idaho. On the contrary, Kentucky, Minnesota, and North Carolina offer the lowest artist salaries.

City
Average Salary
Novato, CA
Novato, CA
$67,931
$68k
Reno, NV
Reno, NV
$66,833
$67k
Bellevue, WA
Bellevue, WA
$63,823
$64k
Glendale, AZ
Glendale, AZ
$63,797
$64k
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
$62,773
$63k
Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
$61,575
$62k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$59,212
$59k
Greenwich, CT
Greenwich, CT
$59,157
$59k
Denver, CO
Denver, CO
$59,013
$59k
Orlando, FL
Orlando, FL
$58,308
$58k

High Paying Artist Jobs

Average Artist Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like NBCUniversal and Meredith as they offer the highest salaries for artists.

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Artist Salary History

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    Average Artist Pay By Industry

    Artist salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with media, technology, and hospitality companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an artist can make a yearly salary of $72,786 while working for media companies. All the while, other artists are making $64,632 at technology companies and $63,224 at hospitality companies. One industry artists may want to avoid is the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $63,028.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Media
    Media
    $72,786
    $73k
    Technology
    Technology
    $64,632
    $65k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $63,224
    $63k
    Retail
    Retail
    $63,081
    $63k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $63,028
    $63k

    Recently Added Artist Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    Lighting Artist
    Redmond, WA
    Redmond, WA
    09/25/2020
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    $60,523
    $60,523
    09/25/2020
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    San Marcos, CA
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    $100,000
    $100,000
    09/03/2020
    UI Artist
    UI Artist
    Redmond, WA
    Redmond, WA
    08/27/2020
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    $79,306
    $79,306
    08/27/2020
    UI Implementation Artist
    UI Implementation Artist
    Redmond, WA
    Redmond, WA
    07/07/2020
    07/07/2020
    $60,523
    $60,523
    07/07/2020
    Environment Artist
    Environment Artist
    Kirkland, WA
    Kirkland, WA
    06/11/2020
    06/11/2020
    $50,000
    $50,000
    06/11/2020
    Environment Artist
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    Redmond, WA
    Redmond, WA
    05/04/2020
    05/04/2020
    $83,480
    $83,480
    05/04/2020
    Cinematics Artist
    Cinematics Artist
    Redmond, WA
    Redmond, WA
    04/16/2020
    04/16/2020
    $60,523
    $60,523
    04/16/2020
    Grow Contractors
    Grow Contractors
    Extraction Artist
    Extraction Artist
    Extraction Artist
    Olympia, WA
    Olympia, WA
    04/05/2020
    04/05/2020
    $60,000
    $60,000
    04/05/2020
    VFX Artist
    VFX Artist
    Redmond, WA
    Redmond, WA
    03/27/2020
    03/27/2020
    $60,523
    $60,523
    03/27/2020
    Artist
    Artist
    Durham, NC
    Durham, NC
    01/22/2020
    01/22/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    01/22/2020