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Working as a Scenic Artist

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a scenic artist. For example, did you know that they make an average of $21.12 an hour? That's $43,928 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 1% and produce 500 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Scenic Artist Do

There are certain skills that many scenic artists have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed artistic ability, business skills and customer-service skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a scenic artist, we found that a lot of resumes listed 18.3% of scenic artists included art direction, while 13.9% of resumes included scene painting, and 12.0% of resumes included scene shop. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Scenic Artist

If you're interested in becoming a scenic artist, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 65.2% of scenic artists have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 16.7% of scenic artists have master's degrees. Even though most scenic artists have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a scenic artist. When we researched the most common majors for a scenic artist, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on scenic artist resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a scenic artist. In fact, many scenic artist jobs require experience in a role such as artist. Meanwhile, many scenic artists also have previous career experience in roles such as scenic designer or painter.

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Average Salary$43,928
Job Growth Rate1%

Scenic Artist Career Paths

Top Careers Before Scenic Artist

Artist
17.6 %
Painter
8.2 %

Top Careers After Scenic Artist

Artist
16.8 %

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Average Salary for a Scenic Artist

Scenic Artists in America make an average salary of $43,928 per year or $21 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $66,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $29,000 per year.
Average Salary
$43,928

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Scenic Artist
Scenic Artist
WN Holding, LLC
WN Holding, LLC
04/04/2016
04/04/2016
$35,47904/04/2016
$35,479
Scenic Artist
Scenic Artist
WN Holing, LLC
WN Holing, LLC
03/30/2016
03/30/2016
$35,47903/30/2016
$35,479
Scenic Artist
Scenic Artist
WN Holing, LLC
WN Holing, LLC
03/28/2016
03/28/2016
$35,47903/28/2016
$35,479
Scenic Fabricator and Scenic Artist
Scenic Fabricator and Scenic Artist
John Creech Design and Production Inc.
John Creech Design and Production Inc.
03/18/2015
03/18/2015
$50,08803/18/2015
$50,088
Scenic Fabrication and Scenic Artist
Scenic Fabrication and Scenic Artist
SFDS LLC
SFDS LLC
11/27/2013
11/27/2013
$47,81911/27/2013
$47,819

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Scenic Artist Demographics

Gender

female

51.5 %

male

41.9 %

unknown

6.6 %

Ethnicity

White

72.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

12.5 %

Asian

7.8 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0 %

French

10.7 %

Russian

10.7 %
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Scenic Artist Education

Majors

Fine Arts
32.5 %
Theatre
21.1 %

Degrees

Bachelors

65.2 %

Masters

16.7 %

Associate

8.9 %

Top Colleges for Scenic Artists

1. Duke University

Durham, NC • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

2. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

5. Northeastern University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,522
Enrollment
13,760

6. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

7. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

8. Boston University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

9. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

10. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216
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Top Skills For a Scenic Artist

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 18.3% of scenic artists listed art direction on their resume, but soft skills such as artistic ability and business skills are important as well.

  • Art Direction, 18.3%
  • Scene Painting, 13.9%
  • Scene Shop, 12.0%
  • Faux, 11.2%
  • Production Designers, 9.4%
  • Other Skills, 35.2%
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Top Scenic Artist Employers

1. The Walt Disney Company
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$97,510
Scenic Artists Hired: 
8+
2. Scenic
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$60,982
Scenic Artists Hired: 
4+
3. CBS
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$97,614
Scenic Artists Hired: 
3+
4. The AES
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$98,458
Scenic Artists Hired: 
3+
5. Pacific Production Plumbing
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$79,140
Scenic Artists Hired: 
3+
6. California State University
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$45,104
Scenic Artists Hired: 
3+