There are currently an estimated 28,000 illustrators in the United States. The illustrator job market is expected to grow by 6.8% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are illustrators?

CareerExplorer rates illustrators with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 4,800 illustrators. That number is based on 1,900 additional illustrators, and the retirement of 2,900 existing illustrators.

What’s the supply of illustrators?

The illustrator industry is concentrated in California, New York, Florida

Illustrator job market by state

State Name Employed Illustrators
California 2,280
New York 1,560
Florida 740
Texas 550
Ohio 480
Michigan 470
Pennsylvania 370
Washington 350
Massachusetts 320
Illinois 300
Georgia 280
Oregon 280
Virginia 260
Connecticut 200
North Carolina 190
Utah 190
Tennessee 180
Minnesota 170
Arizona 160
Missouri 160
New Jersey 150
Maryland 150
South Carolina 150
Colorado 140
Indiana 130
Iowa 90
Wisconsin 90
Hawaii 70
Nebraska 60
Kentucky 60
Montana 60
Puerto Rico 50
New Mexico 50
Kansas 50
Louisiana 30