Desktop Publisher Salary

Desktop Publishers in the United States pull down an average of $19.89 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Desktop Publishers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Desktop Publishers survey respondents are women (76 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,499 - $80,082
$25K
$48K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,246
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50%
90%

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$13.69 - $29.16
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,499 - $80,082  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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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$28,163 - $75,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $38.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$28,163 - $75,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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Job Description for Desktop Publisher

The desktop publisher is responsible for acting as a lead on various electronic documents such as proposals and manuals. A key responsibility is ensuring that these materials meet stringent quality standards as established by the employer and stipulated by the client. The desktop publisher must also ensure that all client deadlines are met and that work is performed according to agreed-upon timelines and schedules.

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Desktop Publisher Tasks

  • 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 Desktop Publisher


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Desktop Publishers may see a slight downturn in earnings as they move into roles like Graphic Designer, where pay is $40K on average. Desktop Publishers most frequently advance into Graphic Artist & Designer and Computer Desktop Publisher roles even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Survey results show that Desktop Publishers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Adobe InDesign are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Publisher

Pay by Experience for a Desktop Publisher has a positive trend. An entry-level Desktop Publisher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 29 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Desktop Publisher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 27 salaries. An experienced Desktop Publisher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 43 salaries. A Desktop Publisher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 20 salaries.

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Key Stats for Desktop Publisher

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries

▲13%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼26%

Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
▲6%

Adobe InDesign
▼0%

National Average
$46,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 20%