What Can You Do With an Art Degree? 100+ Careers & Salaries Revealed


A specialist who creates images on unique surfaces, including wood, plastic, or stone, using specialized techniques. Printmaking is an integral component to many art school curricula.

Salary: $51,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Private Art Instructor

Someone who teaches art, either in 1-on-1, group, or online course settings. Many art instructors are employed in independent art schools that specialize in holding group classes for adults and especially children.

Salary: $43,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Retail – Art Store

An individual who works in an art store selling art supplies for public consumption. Many art stores do hire people with art degrees as they are specialized and experienced with the store’s products.

Salary: Retail sales associate salary across all industries is approximately $27,000/year (ZipRecruiter). However, retail managers and directors can make significantly more.

Scenic Designer

Glenn Davis, Scenic Design, The Family Series, by Glenn Davis, CC BY-SA 3.0

Creating the scenery for television, film, and stage. Although an art degree is useful here, the majority have specialty degrees in theatre arts according to Wikipedia.  

Salary: $58,000/year (ZipRecruiter)


An artist who designs material out of silver. Silversmithing is a specialty type of metalworking, which is also mentioned in this article.

Salary: $41,000/year (Salary.com)

Sports Equipment Designer

Someone who designs athletic equipment. Think about how shoes are engineered to help you go faster, or how pads are built to better protect you. Another name for this is called sports engineer.

Having a dual background in engineering and art can be massively beneficial for this career path. In fact, a dual degree in those professions can be beneficial for many jobs.

Salary: $80,000/year (Average Salary Survey)

Stained Glass Artist

Someone who colors glass. Most often, the term “stained glass” applies to specially decorated windows in religious institutions. However, many contemporary stained glass artists make work independent of religious affiliation, such as this person.

Salary: $42,000/year (Economic Research Institute)

Storyboard Artist

An artist who creates and/or oversees the visuals for scenes in animated film or television. 

Salary: $72,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Tattoo Artist

Someone who draws permanent art onto a human body. This practice is most often executed in a specialty parlor.

Salary: $53,000/year (Indeed)

Technical Illustrator

Someone who makes pictures out of advanced mathematical, technological, or scientific concepts intended for quicker comprehension. Technical illustration is abundant in contemporary textbooks.

Salary: $60,000/year (Salary.com

Textile Artist

An artist who manipulates fiber into objects. Examples of objects a fiber artist creates includes baskets, paper, knits, and more. Tapestry art is also a type of textiel art.

Major college programs in fiber art exist at many prominent art schools, including MassArt

Salary: $54,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Toy Designer

Anyone who creates and designs toys. These specialists are employed by the major toy companies, including Mattel, Lego, and more.

Salary: $58,000/year (PayScale)


Someone who arranges typed words to make them easier to read and more pleasing to the eye. Typography is sometimes synonymous with type design, which is the creation of fonts.

Salary: $47,000/year (PayScale)

User Interface Artist

Individual responsible for optimizing the user interface of a video game or other electronic application, such as software. These people make video games and software easier to use and manipulate. As this profession falls into technology, even starting salaries can be excellent.

Salary: $96,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Video Artist

An artist who uses vintage and contemporary video and audio technology to create original work. Distinct from video game artists and videography, both of which will be covered in this article as well.

Salary: Most video artists are independently employed, thus consistent salary data is not easily found. Video artists who are successful and whose work is shown in galleries can make $70,000/year or more.


An individual who films images and stores them on visual media. These individuals are fluent not only in general art, but also video production. Any professional presentation employs a videographer.

Salary: $65,000/year (Salary.com). Many are independent, but have high demand.

Video Game Artist

The visual artist behind a video game. Think about the look, appearance, and feel of your favorite video game characters – modern video games require dozens of video game artists due to their enormous content.

Salary: $69,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Visual Designer

Someone who specializes in the aesthetic enhancement of a website, app, or other program. As Toptal describes it, visual design “was born out of a mixture of graphic design and user interface (UI) design.”

Salary: $86,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Visual Effects Artist

Someone who creates special effects most often for film, television, and video games. Major television and video game studios will hire specifically for VFX artists.

Salary: $73,000/year (Study.com)

Wardrobe Supervisor

Someone who looks after anything related to wardrobes in a professional production. 

Salary: $39,000/year (ZipRecruiter)

Website Designer

Someone who creates the visual look of a website. Although most websites use a website designer who does not have an art degree, many major corporate websites do need artistically-informed designers. Requires knowledge of HTML, WordPress/Joomla, javascript, and other modern web technologies.

Salary: $54,000/year (SkillCrush)

Wedding Photographer

Someone who photographs people and events in a wedding. Many wedding photographers are independently employed and can charge significantly more than average photography rates.

Salary: Most people spend $2,000 on wedding photography. Spending up to $3,000 – $5,000 is not uncommon. Because of this, ZipRecruiter says the average yearly salary is $104,000






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