By the numbers: Some preliminary results to make you move back home to mama | Upstaged | Time Out New York:
Most artists have relatively low incomes, even though the majority (62%) are college graduates and hold at least one additional paying job. Two-thirds reported their total 2008 income was less than $40,000, including nearly one-third who earned less than $20,000. Artists tend to earn very little of their income from their art work or almost all of it. Unexpectedly, artists who spend more than 80% of their time on their art work have the highest income levels, while artists who rely on cobbling together an income from a mix of sources are most likely to earn under $20,000.