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Desktop Publisher Salary

Desktop Publishers in the United States pull down an average of $18.56 per hour. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,584 - $70,469
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,917
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$11.70 - $28.89
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,584 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$2,750 - $5,160  
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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$26,109 - $66,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $28.89  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $37.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750 - $5,160  
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).
)
$26,109 - $66,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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

  • 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 Desktop Publisher


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Desktop Publishers who advance into a position like Computer Desktop Publisher may end up working for a little less. On average, Computer Desktop Publishers take home $38K annually.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Desktop Publishers usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Adobe Acrobat command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator. Those educated in Adobe InDesign tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Publisher

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. On average, Desktop Publishers make $48K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 22%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$43,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 29%
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