Computer Desktop Publisher Salary

Computer Desktop Publishers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over one-half of Computer Desktop Publishers. Salaries average out to around $43K per year and spread from $25K to $73K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Computer Desktop Publishers (60 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,328 - $88,769
$24K
$43K
$89K
MEDIAN: $43,012
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50%
90%

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$13.25 - $22.75
$17
MEDIAN: $17.40
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$24,328 - $88,769  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,058 - $72,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$17.40  
   
Overtime
$23.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$25,058 - $72,513  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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Job Description for Computer Desktop Publisher

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Computer Desktop Publisher


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Many Computer Desktop Publishers transition into upper-level roles like Graphic Artist & Designer. However, Graphic Artists & Designers do report a slightly lower median income of $36K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Desktop Publisher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Desktop Publishers make a median salary of $47K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $43K by contrast.

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Key Stats for Computer Desktop Publisher

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Experienced
▲10%

Late-Career
▲2%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
▼1%

Mid-Career
▼8%

Skills That Affect Computer Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
▲3%

National Average
$42,000

Desktop Publishing
▼1%

Adobe Illustrator
▼4%

Microsoft Word
▼5%

Graphic Design
▼10%

Adobe InDesign
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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