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Tattoo artist salary in United States

How much does a Tattoo Artist make in the United States?

Average base salary


The average salary for a tattoo artist is $82,109 per year in the United States. 136 salaries reported, updated at November 23, 2022

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Top companies for Tattoo Artists in United States

  1. Tattoo shop
    23 reviews8 salaries reported
    $106,528per year
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Highest paying cities for Tattoo Artists near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $95,617 per year
    11 salaries reported
  2. Boston, MA
    $94,738 per year
    8 salaries reported
  3. Seattle, WA
    $92,711 per year
    5 salaries reported
  1. Newark, NJ
    $89,708 per year
    8 salaries reported
  2. San Diego, CA
    $88,454 per year
    5 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $84,223 per year
    7 salaries reported
  1. Miami, FL
    $81,641 per year
    5 salaries reported
  2. Las Vegas, NV
    $81,221 per year
    7 salaries reported
  3. Glendale, AZ
    $77,210 per year
    12 salaries reported
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Where can a Tattoo Artist earn more?

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Salary satisfaction

Based on 125 ratings

54% of Tattoo Artists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


29,335 job openings

Average $22.98 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Tattoo Artist

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a tattoo artist?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a tattoo artist, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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Is tattooing hard to learn to be a tattoo artist?

From an artistic standpoint, tattooing takes years of practice to really perfect, and the field is currently very competitive. The best thing you can do is to apprentice with a master tattoo artist in order to learn from them. It also helps to spend free time brainstorming ideas and creating new tattoo designs.

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How much do similar professions to a tattoo artist get paid?

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