Artist Incomes

Female artists earn lower creative incomes

Both male and female artists work an estimated 41 hours a week, however there are significant differences in the hours dedicated to creative practice and their creative incomes. Male artists spend about 50 percent of the time on their principal creative practice, while female artists spend around 44 percent of their time on their creative practice.

Although female artists spend only 12 percent less time on their creative practice than male artists, their median creative income is half that of male artists.

Figure 21 - Median artist income by gender

Females ($ median)Males ($ median)DIfference (%)
Creative income$5,000$10,300106
Total arts income$14,500$21,60049
Total income$26,900$40,60051