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Career Profile: Craft Artists

Create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

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 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • 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.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
9,600
Annual Openings:
1,200
Increase in Openings by 2030:
13%
Annual Salary Range:
$21,630 - $59,620
Education Requirements:
Some high school