Does art pay? Well, that's a tricky question. I seldom see rich artists especially whiles they are alive but then, if it doesn't pay, would people still be doing it? Or those doing it are doing it out of passion and love for the arts, and not for money. Well, even if they are getting their tools and materials for free, I still believe they would need some money for themselves, or at least, for their families.
Does art pay? Yes, definitely. Teacher's always crying about their salaries, does it mean we can say teaching doesn't pay? Hell no. It does pay, and such is art. Let's go to the stats. According to The Guardian, the starting salary of a graduate nurse is £22,128 per annum. As at the timeof this post, £22,128 is aproximately equal to $28,904. Still from The Guardian, the average salary of a full time employee is £28,677. As at the time of this post, that is about $37,458.
According to Glassdoor, the average base pay of an artist is £28,637 per year. Yep, that's right, $37,407 per annum for an artist. Now do you see what I'm talking about? In terms of monetary gains, you can clearly see that art pays. There might be a lot of jobs that pay higher than $37,407 but it doesn't mean art doesn't pay. It's a bit low when compared to the average salary of a full time employee, but it's still a long way away from zero(0). Art surely pays.
I recently met a freelance photographer and videographer who loves his job. He works at his own time and he loves what he does. Even that in itself is something great. A piece of art might take longer than teaching a class, balancing a book or even a surgery but it's worth it at the end when you see your final work. There is a fulfilment that artists have that few professions can give. If you have or know anyone who wants to do it, don't put them down but rather encourage them to pursue their passions. Art is life.