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How Much Do Artists Earn?

By Paul Faecks on June 16th 2014

There’s no doubt it’s hard to make a living as an artist. It doesn’t matter if you are a photographer or a musician, painter or sculptor, very few people get rich by creating artwork. It’s even tougher sometimes to to figure out how to charge for your work, your art.

In my opinion, this is a topic everyone should be more aware of: Artists make our world colorful and fun and I think it is bad that those creative people don’t get paid enough often times. Nobody would even think about not paying a construction worker, but a photographer? A photographer just presses a button, doesn’t he? How do you put a price tag on your vision? Your creativity? Now, there is a way for artists to compare what they made for a certain project.

Who Pays Artists is a page dedicated to sharing how much an artist got paid for a specific project. You can also state how much experience you have and how long it took you to finish the job.


The founders of “Who Pays Artists” were inspired by the website “Who Pays Writers” that was created to exhibit income of writers.

I think this website is a pretty neat idea, especially because a lot of people think that creativity and passion can’t pay the bills. You can now easily compare your rates to other artists and writers. If you’re interested in taking a look at what others were paid for their work you can do so over here.

For artists or any profession really, it’s sometimes kind of a no-no to talk about how much you earn, but this website has the ability to change that! For a new photographer, this resource can be really helpful.

What do you think about the concept of this website? Would you consider sharing what you have earned yourself? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

[via Dazed, Who Pays Artists/ images via screencaps]


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Paul Faecks is a portrait- and fine art photographer, based in Berlin. If you want to check out his latest work, you can do so by following him on Instagram or by liking his Facebook Page

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  1. Matt Walsh

    This is great. Thanks for the share.

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