I have carefully researched your question and have your answer.
The amount cartoonists are paid for their work varies greatly,
depending on in which newspaper(s) and magazine(s) their work appears,
the circulation of those publications, the popularity of their
cartoons, and the particular cartoonists market value.
Syndicated, experienced cartoonists who work for the large papers such
as the Washington Post and L.A. Times, earn about $100,000 or more
I then consulted the book "Writer's Market" published by Writer's
Digest Books and edited by Kirsten C. Holm. You may visit this book's
corresponding web site online. The link is
This book on pages 61 through 73 offer suggested prices writers,
editors, cartoonists, authors, and the like should sell their work
for. These prices are considered fair market value.
The breakdown suggested by Writer's Market for works such as cartoons
is as follows:
Magazines & Trade Journals
Low-circulation Publications: $25
Mid-range circulation Publictions: $200
High-end circulation Publications: $2,500
Low-circulation Publications for local cartoons: $40 per cartoon
Mid-range circulation Publications for local cartoons: $125 per cartoon
High-end circulation Publications for local cartoons: $300 per cartoon
Newspaper and Magazine Cartoons, self-promoted
$5-10 each for weeklies
$10-25 per week for dailies
These are all based on circulation. It's also important to note that
this publication says typical fees for cartoonists who are employed by
publications have different arrangements than these and are often on
an hourly bases based on the above rates.
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