Computer Desktop Publishers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $41K per year. Job satisfaction for Computer Desktop Publishers is high. Computer Desktop Publishers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, around one in five claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,328 - $88,769
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$89K
MEDIAN: $41,130
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90%

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$12.10 - $33.54
(Median)
$12
$16
$34
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$24,328 - $88,769  
   
Bonus
$510  
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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$25,264 - $71,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $33.54  
   
Overtime
$23.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$510  
   
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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$25,264 - $71,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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For Computer Desktop Publishers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Computer Desktop Publishers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Graphic Artist & Designer.

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Experience Affects Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 11%

Desktop Publishing
up arrow 11%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Graphic Design
0%

National Average
$38,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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