31. Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators — $50,630
These three art professions fall under the umbrella of the fine arts. Painters and sculptors make most of their money by selling pieces through galleries and art dealers, and by completing commissioned works of art. Illustrators have more of an opportunity to make a living in commercial industries, designing book and magazine covers, illustrating, and creating technical drawings.
Since it takes years to build a reputation as an artist and it is often difficult to sell one’s art, many fine artists supplement their income by teaching in universities or secondary and elementary schools, or by giving private workshops and lessons. They may also find freelance jobs in commercial fields. Painters may get illustration jobs and sculptors may create furniture. Fine artists can also often find jobs in museums....
...Having an up-to-date, stylish portfolio with your most recent and varied work is also necessary if you want to be taken seriously. Have your pieces professionally photographed and select a professional-looking carrying case. It’s also an excellent idea to have a website with your resume, contact information, and a gallery of artwork to show to dealers, galleries, and prospective clients.