The Average Salary of a Manga Artist

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Manga artist drawing on paper.
Manga artist drawing on paper. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Manga is a form of Japanese drawing seen in cartoons and comics. The craft originated in the 1700s and became a modern way of art in Japan close to the mid-1900s. Over the years manga has gained popularity as a fine art in the United States where it is known as AmeriManga. Manga artists are known as mangaka and their salaries in the United States vary by location.

Drawing A Salary

Manga salaries differ in various cities. According to the website Artist Salary, a manga artist in Houston, Texas, earns an average salary of $40,799, an artist in Los Angeles, California, earns $40,695 and an artist in New York City earns $81,753. Visit the Artist Salary website for more details. In addition, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a fine artist in 2012 ranged from $19,200 to $93,200 with a median salary of $44,380.

Advancing the Artist

According to the BLS, the demand for fine artists will grow approximately 3 percent between 2012 and 2022. However, cartoonists and illustrators will see drops in print work. Consider learning about video game design and Internet publications because opportunities in digital media might grow due to demand. Specialized education is not required, but formal training might help you learn techniques. Contact manga publishers such as Weekly Shonen Jump to submit samples of your work and to see if the magazine offers apprenticeships.

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