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Potters - Wages & Trends

Wages for potters who are artists depend on how much they produce. Wages also depend on how much potters charge for their pieces and if people are interested in buying. The potters who create functional pottery may earn less per piece than those who create artistic ceramics. However, artistic pieces may not sell as quickly or as often since they are more costly. Potters who are well-known in the field tend to earn more than other potters.

Production potters may increase their earnings by changing their work to fit what customers are buying. They can also increase their earnings by attending more art festivals or marketing their products. For example, some potters may expand their market by displaying their wares on the Internet.

Potters who work full time in factories may receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. 

Wage information is not available specifically for potters. However, they are part of the larger group of "molders, shapers, and casters."

Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic (SOC 51-9195)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $13.80 $16.75 $22.43
Yearly $28,698 $34,840 $46,663
    Champaign Area Hourly $13.35 $15.79 $19.16
Yearly $27,775 $32,836 $39,857
    Cook County Hourly $13.25 $14.60 $18.23
Yearly $27,567 $30,365 $37,913
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $14.00 $17.42 $24.43
Yearly $29,125 $36,225 $50,808
    Du Page County Hourly $12.87 $14.24 $15.80
Yearly $26,767 $29,628 $32,866
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $14.38 $18.14 $34.45
Yearly $29,908 $37,730 $71,646
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $14.17 $19.21 $23.36
Yearly $29,482 $39,966 $48,591
    Rockford Area Hourly $17.03 $18.92 $21.97
Yearly $35,417 $39,347 $45,691
United States Hourly $13.50 $16.36 $19.95
Yearly $28,080 $34,030 $41,500

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.