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Re: [BKARTS] Salary Survey



Jeez, Richard, I think I'm gonna get my real estate license.

Patrice Baldwin

At 02:29 PM 11/21/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>>Average sales for full-time book arts: $75,000
>>Average sales for part-time book arts: $5,000
>
>>Average sales for full-time paper arts: $210,000
>>Average sales for part-time paper arts: $67,400
>
>>Where do they live (I want to move there!). Barbara Harman
>
>Actually, ther numbers don't surprise me. It would be useful to know how
>they got the figures, and what the Crafts Report identifies as book arts or
>paper arts. I would assume a bookbinder is book arts and a papermaker is
>paper arts.
>
>$75,000 in sales is not a lot of money for a full time bookbinder. Sales is
>gross, not net.  For example, If I have $40,000 in expenses in an average
>year and I were to make $75,000 in average sales that would leave me with
>an average income of $35,000. Now if you are living in New York City and
>paying $2,500/month for a 1-bedroom apartment in a not particularly spiffy
>part of town, that would set you back $30,000, leaving you $5,000 for food,
>clothing, and everything else, i.e., under $100/week. You can eat out one
>time in NYC for that. Now Barbara, are you sure you still want to move
>there?  ;>}
>
>It's interesting to see how much better the paper crafts appear to do. If a
>papermaker can make 25 sheets an hour (which may require paying an
>assistantor two) eight hours a day, and sell them wholesale for $4/sheet,
>they would have sales around $210,000. Or they could make fewer sheets and
>sell some retail at $8.  Either way, it's a lot of work, and the cost of
>pulp (linters, rags, abaca, or whatever) and labor, plus equipment
>maintenance, rent or mortgage on the building, etc., would not leave a heck
>of a lot left over, even though the gross sales amount is about three times
>what the book craftsperson is pulling in.
>
>What is more interesting to me is that the part time paper artisan produces
>1/3 of what the full timer does, while the part time bookie is bringing in
>less than 7% of the full timer.
>
>--
> Richard
> http://minsky.com
> http://www.centerforbookarts.org
>

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