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How Much Does the Average Cartoonist Make?

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Cartoonists create images and captions, using political, sports and comic themes. Some work for newspapers as employees or freelancers, while others create advertising campaigns for corporations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies cartoonists as fine artists. Their salaries can vary, depending on their location and experience level.

Salary Between $50,000 and $55,000

The average annual salary for fine artists was $50,900 as of May 2013, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent earned more than $91,200 annually. While some cartoonists have bachelor's degrees, a high school diploma is usually sufficient. Creativity, dexterity and artistic ability are more essential for this job.

Top Pay in Washington

In 2014, employers in the state of Washington paid cartoonists the highest salaries of $70,580, the BLS reports. They earned $69,380 in New York and $62,160 in California. Those in Florida and Utah made the least, at $39,410 and $37,920, respectively.

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Slower Job Growth

The BLS estimates a 3 percent increase in employment for craft and fine artists, including cartoonists, which is slower than the 11 percent national rate for all occupations. Job opportunities for cartoonists will likely decrease at newspapers due to fewer publications. Employment alternatives for cartoonists who don't freelance include electronic magazines and other Internet publications.

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