Computer Desktop Publisher Salary

Pay for Computer Desktop Publishers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.26 per hour. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Female Computer Desktop Publishers make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Work is enjoyable for Computer Desktop Publishers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,193 - $57,242
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$31K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,807
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$11.49 - $25.99
(Median)
$11
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$31,193 - $57,242  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Total Pay (?
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$24,969 - $56,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $25.99  
   
Overtime
$19.11 - $43.84  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
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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$24,969 - $56,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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 who transition into an upper level Graphic Artist & Designer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Graphic Artist & Designer makes $36K a year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Desktop Publisher


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, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe InDesign. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to know Graphic Design.

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Experience Affects Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 6%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 5%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%