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Fine Artists in California

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15.1% Jobs Projection
$65,190 Median Salary
720 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Fine Artists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Fine Artists in California is growing faster than average.

  • Fine Artists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Fine Artists Work in California?

2,070 people worked as Fine Artists in 2018 in this state.

There were 2,280 Fine Artists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 210 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Fine Artists in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 150 Fine Artists working in it, which means California has more Fine Artists than average.

Fine Artists in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Fine Artists in this state are growing at a rate of 15.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.8%.

Job Projections for Fine Artists: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 720 annual job openings, and 8,400 total jobs in 2026 for Fine Artists in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 2,400 annual jobs and 29,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Fine Artists Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Fine Artists ranged from $35,570 to $121,970 with $65,190 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $17.1 to $58.64. The median hourly rate was $31.34.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $30.82 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.52.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Fine Artists Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Fine Artists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Fine Artists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,430 $67,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 $61,960
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 100 $57,360
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 70 n/a

Top States for Fine Artists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Fine Artists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 2,070 $65,190
New York 1,410 $0
Florida 900 $38,940
Ohio 650 $37,360
Texas 560 $55,830
Michigan 520 $42,090
Georgia 320 $48,460
Washington 320 $35,360
Massachusetts 270 $47,120
Connecticut 260 $64,070
Illinois 260 $44,160
Maryland 240 $52,330
Oregon 240 $51,020
Utah 230 $43,140
Wisconsin 210 $0
Virginia 210 $59,130
Arizona 200 $49,170
Minnesota 190 $56,490
North Carolina 160 $43,420
New Jersey 140 $62,170

Below are the states where Fine Artists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma $67,440
California $65,190
Connecticut $64,070
New Jersey $62,170
Virginia $59,130
Minnesota $56,490
Texas $55,830
Kansas $53,500
Maryland $52,330
Oregon $51,020

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