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Computer Desktop Publisher Salary (United States)

Median pay for Computer Desktop Publishers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.59 per hour. Female Computer Desktop Publishers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Computer Desktop Publisher Salary (?
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$31,301 - $62,577
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MEDIAN: $40,284
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Computer Desktop Publisher Salary (?
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$11.25 - $25.70
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,301 - $62,577  
   
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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$24,571 - $57,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $25.70  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $43.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$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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$24,571 - $57,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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 go on to become Graphic Artists & Designers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Graphic Artist & Designer, an upper-level role, pays $35K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Desktop Publisher

Survey results suggest that Computer Desktop Publishers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Desktop Publishing, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe InDesign. Most people experienced in Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator and Graphic Design. Most people who know Desktop Publishing also 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 17%

Skills That Affect Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 8%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 7%
Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%
National Average
$39,000
Graphic Design
up arrow 1%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%