Arts & crafts

Picture framer

Picture framers mount items like photographs, paintings and other artwork for display.

Annual Salary

£13,500 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

You could work: weekends; flexibly

Future employment

There will be 7% fewer Picture framer jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • talking to customers about what they want
  • advising on the best colours, styles and materials for the mount and frame
  • working out costs and providing quotes and timescales for jobs
  • cutting glass and materials to the correct size
  • mounting the object and assembling the frame
  • packing and delivering the finished framed items

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work from home or at a store.

Your working environment may be dusty.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

You could start by taking a short course in picture framing run by a college or adult education centre. Some colleges may also cover picture framing as part of a broader art and design course.

For more information

It may be possible to work your way into this role by starting as a picture gallery assistant.

Working alongside an experienced framer may give you the chance to train on the job.

Other routes

You could train in picture framing by doing specialised courses with a gallery or framing company. You can find details of training providers through the Fine Art Trade Guild.

More information

Career tips

Gallery experience or skills in woodworking may be useful.

Further information

The Fine Art Trade Guild has more advice on how to get into picture framing.

With experience, you could start your own business or take a franchise.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • the ability to work on your own
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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