Computer Desktop Publisher Salary

Computer Desktop Publishers in the United States pull down an average of $19.56 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Computer Desktop Publishers making up 77 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,024 - $58,037
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,317
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$11.44 - $28.33
(Median)
$11
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,024 - $58,037  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,044 - $58,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $28.33  
   
Overtime
$19.82 - $44.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,044 - $58,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Computer Desktop Publisher

  • Edit graphics and photos using pixel or bitmap editing, airbrushing, masking, or image retouching.
  • Position text and art elements in a visually appealing way to design print or web pages.
  • Operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out, and produce camera-ready copy.
  • Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material, under supervision.

Common Career Paths for Computer Desktop Publisher


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Computer Desktop Publishers often transition into a Graphic Artist & Designer position. Graphic Artists & Designers report a slightly lower median income of $36K.

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Computer Desktop Publishers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Desktop Publishing, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Employees educated in Adobe Photoshop are typically practiced in Desktop Publishing, too.

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Experience Affects Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 7%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 19%
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