Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 9,600 people employed as craft artists in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $35,200.
Entry level employees earn approximately $21,630 per year and senior employees earn approximately $59,620
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.
- Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.
- Apply finishes to objects being crafted.
- Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
- Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
- Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.
- Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
- Plan and attend craft shows to market products.
- Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
- Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
- Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.
- Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.
- Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
- Develop designs using specialized computer software.
- Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.