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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a tattoo artist. For example, did you know that they make an average of $29.65 an hour? That's $61,670 a year!

What Does a Tattoo Artist Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a tattoo artist, we found that a lot of resumes listed 28.3% of tattoo artists included customer service, while 8.1% of resumes included scheduling appointments, and 8.0% of resumes included body art. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the tattoo artist job title. But what industry to start with? Most tattoo artists actually find jobs in the hospitality and retail industries.

How To Become a Tattoo Artist

If you're interested in becoming a tattoo artist, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 18.9% of tattoo artists have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.2% of tattoo artists have master's degrees. Even though some tattoo 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 tattoo artist. When we researched the most common majors for a tattoo artist, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on tattoo artist resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a tattoo artist. In fact, many tattoo artist jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many tattoo artists also have previous career experience in roles such as sales associate or customer service representative.

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Average Salary
$61,670
Average Salary
Job Openings
1,289
Job Openings

Tattoo Artist Career Paths

Top Careers Before Tattoo Artist

Cashier
15.5 %

Top Careers After Tattoo Artist

Cashier
9.1 %
Artist
7.7 %

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Average Salary for a Tattoo Artist

Tattoo Artists in America make an average salary of $61,670 per year or $30 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $144,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $26,000 per year.
Average Salary
$61,670

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
New York, NY
Salary Range50k - 107k$74k$73,521
Virginia Beach, VA
Salary Range44k - 95k$65k$65,338
Bismarck, ND
Salary Range43k - 94k$64k$63,903
Portland, OR
Salary Range42k - 88k$61k$61,219
Sanford, NC
Salary Range39k - 88k$59k$59,297
Salt Lake City, UT
Salary Range36k - 82k$55k$54,816
$36k
$107k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyascdescCompanyascdescStart DateascdescSalaryascdesc
Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Artist
Ink'd Society LLC
Ink'd Society LLC
05/15/2019
05/15/2019
$40,00005/15/2019
$40,000
Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Artist
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
02/03/2019
02/03/2019
$15,13102/03/2019
$15,131
Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Artist
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
01/26/2019
01/26/2019
$15,13101/26/2019
$15,131
Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Artist
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
01/20/2019
01/20/2019
$15,13101/20/2019
$15,131
Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Artist
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
Salt Lake Tattoo and Piercing Inc.
01/10/2019
01/10/2019
$15,13101/10/2019
$15,131
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Tattoo Artist Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a Tattoo Artist. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

Learn How To Write a Tattoo Artist Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless Tattoo Artist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Tattoo Artist Demographics

Gender

male

71.3 %

female

25.0 %

unknown

3.7 %

Ethnicity

White

66.2 %

Hispanic or Latino

13.8 %

Black or African American

12.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.9 %

Portuguese

5.4 %

German

4.1 %
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Tattoo Artist Education

Majors

Fine Arts
14.3 %
Business
10.1 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

29.1 %

Certificate

26.5 %

Bachelors

17.6 %
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Top Skills For a Tattoo Artist

  • Customer Service, 28.3%
  • Scheduling Appointments, 8.1%
  • Body Art, 8.0%
  • Sterile Environment, 7.4%
  • CPR, 5.8%
  • Other Skills, 42.4%
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Best States For a Tattoo Artist

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a tattoo artist. The best states for people in this position are Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware. Tattoo artists make the most in Rhode Island with an average salary of $82,495. Whereas in Connecticut and Massachusetts, they would average $81,542 and $81,158, respectively. While tattoo artists would only make an average of $79,049 in Delaware, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. New Hampshire

Total Tattoo Artist Jobs:
10
Highest 10% Earn:
$159,000
Location Quotient:
1.29
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Kentucky

Total Tattoo Artist Jobs:
21
Highest 10% Earn:
$148,000
Location Quotient:
1.28
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Maryland

Total Tattoo Artist Jobs:
41
Highest 10% Earn:
$149,000
Location Quotient:
1.46
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Tattoo Artist Employers

1. Six Flags
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$26,693
Tattoo Artists Hired: 
5+
2. Mothers Against Drunk Driving
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$78,354
Tattoo Artists Hired: 
4+
3. Smokin Joes
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$75,283
Tattoo Artists Hired: 
3+
4. Jenkinson's Boardwalk
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$54,251
Tattoo Artists Hired: 
3+
5. Kindred at Home
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$28,674
Tattoo Artists Hired: 
3+
6. Union Station
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$44,094
Tattoo Artists Hired: 
2+
Updated October 2, 2020