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Life As an Artist

Example of Artist Job All artists and related workers not listed separately.

  • Greeting Card Maker
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Calligrapher
  • Architectural Modeler
  • Creative Designer

Is There Job Demand for Artists?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 12,800 jobs in the United States for Artist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 700 new jobs for Artist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,100 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Artist are North Dakota, Indiana, and West Virginia. Watch out if you plan on working in Alabama, Wyoming, or Tennessee. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Artists Salary

The salary for Artists ranges between about $28,680 and $109,900 a year.


Artists who work in Georgia, Maryland, or Florida, make the highest salaries.

How much do Artists make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $62,150
Alaska $48,530
Arizona $50,120
California $70,260
Colorado $52,310
Connecticut $62,000
Florida $72,480
Georgia $96,270
Hawaii $36,150
Illinois $63,540
Iowa $52,640
Maryland $87,920
Massachusetts $66,980
Minnesota $48,440
Missouri $45,450
New Jersey $48,460
New York $74,240
North Carolina $60,990
North Dakota $49,570
Ohio $65,500
Oklahoma $31,300
Oregon $39,280
Pennsylvania $63,060
Tennessee $39,970
Texas $45,270
Vermont $38,220
Virginia $63,490
Washington $53,960
West Virginia $67,400
Wisconsin $58,890

Where Artists Are Employed


Artists work in the following industries:



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