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What is a Craft Artist?

Job Description: Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

A Day in the Life of a Craft Artist

  • Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.
  • Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.
  • Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
  • Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
  • Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
  • Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.

Craft Artist Needed Skills

These are the skills Craft Artists say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Types of Craft Artist

  • Modeler
  • Craftsman
  • Creative Designer
  • Inker and Opaquer
  • Music Autographer

Craft Artist Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 12,500 jobs for Craft Artist in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.8% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 600 new jobs for Craft Artist by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,100 positions for Craft Artist per year.


The states with the most job growth for Craft Artist are Wyoming, Utah, and Georgia. Watch out if you plan on working in South Dakota, Pennsylvania, or New Hampshire. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Craft Artist

Craft Artists make between $21,310 and $69,110 a year.


Craft Artists who work in Maryland, Georgia, or New York, make the highest salaries.

How much do Craft Artists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $33,030
Arizona $43,000
California $48,280
Colorado $37,790
Florida $42,560
Georgia $48,900
Illinois $53,800
Indiana $33,270
Kentucky $28,610
Louisiana $31,590
Maryland $59,490
Massachusetts $44,440
Michigan $42,290
Minnesota $42,020
Missouri $27,560
Nebraska $40,830
Nevada $40,720
New Hampshire $29,900
New Jersey $44,920
New Mexico $33,060
New York $59,630
North Carolina $43,940
North Dakota $41,490
Ohio $36,920
Oregon $51,860
Texas $36,730
Utah $31,020
Vermont $34,000
Washington $45,660
Wisconsin $39,740
Wyoming $31,670

What Tools do Craft Artists Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Craft Artists:

  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Facebook
  • SmugMug Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Embroidery design software

How do I Become a Craft Artist?

Education needed to be a Craft Artist:


How many years of work experience do I need?


Who Employs Craft Artists?


The table below shows the approximate number of Craft Artists employed by various industries.



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