Tattoo artists are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, tattoo artists rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 15% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy tattoo artists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Illustrator
3.9
$48k
Photographer
3.9
$38k
Hand sewer
3.9
$30k
Calligrapher
3.8
$64k
Art director
3.8
$89k
Exhibit designer
3.7
$55k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are tattoo artists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do tattoo artists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as tattoo artists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are tattoo artist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are tattoo artists making the best use of their abilities?

Are tattoo artists happy with their salary?