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Illustrator - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Illustrator"

How much does an Illustrator in the federal government get paid? $80,748.48* *Based on the 2020 average.

Illustrator was the 447th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 27 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Illustrating, with an average salary of $68,462.

Government Illustrating jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Illustrating job is GS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions which supervise or perform work involved in laying out or executing illustrations in black and white or in color, and with retouching photographs. The work requires artistic ability, the skill to draw freehand or with drawing instruments, and the ability to use art media such as pen-and-ink, pencils, tempera, acrylics, oils, wash, watercolor, pastels, air brush, or computer-generated graphics. It also requires knowledge of the subject matter being depicted sufficient to create accurate visual representations. Knowledge of basic art principles such as color, line, form, and space is required to produce appropriately composed illustrations.

Administrative and Management positions have a wide range of responsibilities. Management does not refer specifically to supervisors who directly manage organizations or teams. Rather jobs in this category deal with managing systems or processes such as finances, security systems, training programs, or marketing. For employees in this job category, promotions are typically given 2 grade increments at a time until GS-12 is reached.

Agencies that have hired an Illustrator

Illustrator Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Illustrator is $80,748.48. The highest paid Illustrator made $112,240 in 2020.

Common Illustrator Payscales

Payscale Number of Illustrating Employees
GS - General Schedule 24
ZA - Administrative 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,782.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Administrative and Management
Occupation Family: 1000 INFORMATION AND ARTS GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-4 Paygrade

GS-4 is the starting paygrade for Illustrating jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Environmental Protection SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Supply Clerical and TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Equal Opportunity ComplianceAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Education and Training TechnicianAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Cargo SchedulingTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Illustrating Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Illustrator was $56,260. Since then, the average pay has increased to $80,748 in 2020.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 1020.

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