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What is the average price of a professional illustrator?

Last updated: 14th Jun 2019

Professional illustrators charge an average cost of around $44/hr. If you plan on hiring seasoned artists, you can expect to pay as high as $55/hr for their services. However, if you prefer working with less experienced but equally talented illustrators, you can get their professional services for as low as $25/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Illustrators on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Contracting an illustrator on a per-project basis

Illustrators are typically hired to create storyboards and visuals for advertisements, books, t-shirts, and many more. On average, an illustrator charges approximately $146.93 for a simple project — one that doesn’t require too much time and technical skills to finish. This average rate also usually applies to roughs or black-and-white illustrations with a quarter-page size only.

Solid factors that illustrate significant cost increases or decreases

Aside from making your products or services stand out, illustrations can also make them easier for consumers to understand. That is why it’s important to hire skilled illustrators to help you out. Here are some of the specific factors that figure in an illustrator’s total service cost:

Purpose of the illustration
Style and drawing execution depend largely on the purpose of the product. The overall output can be made simple or sophisticated as needed. Of course, simpler work have lower costs, and more complicated projects have higher prices.

Project deadline
The time frame for creating illustrations can increase or decrease cost. For instance, rush jobs require more effort, so they tend to cost more than regular projects.

The illustrator’s qualifications
An illustrator’s talent and experience will determine if they are qualified for the job. You can easily find out the candidates’ capacity by browsing through their portfolio.

Illustrating cost differences between states

Cost of illustration services

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Across Australia, Queensland illustrators charge the most affordable price at an average rate of approximately $29/hr. This is only a little bit higher than the average cost of illustration services in Victoria, which is around $35/hr. Illustrators in New South Wales, however, have the highest average rate as they charge about $50/hr on average.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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