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Quick Facts: Craft and Fine Artists

2021 Median Pay

$49,960 per year 
$24.02 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education How to Become a Craft and Fine Artist
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2021 52,300
Job Outlook, 2021-31 6% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2021-31 2,900

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Craft and Fine Artists Do

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition.

Work Environment

Many artists work in fine- or commercial-art studios located in office buildings, warehouses, or lofts. Others work in private studios in their homes. Some artists share studio space, where they also exhibit their work.

How to Become a Craft or Fine Artist

Craft and fine artists improve their skills through practice and repetition. A bachelor's degree is common for these artists


The median annual wage for craft and fine artists was $49,960 in May 2021

Job Outlook

Overall employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as average for all occupations.

About 5,900 openings for craft and fine artists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. May of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

State & Area Data

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Similar Occupations

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More Information, Including links to O*NET

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Craft and Fine Artists,
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Last modified date: Thursday, September 8, 2022