The average Desktop Publisher in the United States earns approximately $20.25 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Desktop Publishers survey respondents are women (70 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,223 - $77,281
(Median)
$27K
$45K
$77K
MEDIAN: $45,210
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50%
90%

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$13.78 - $29.02
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$27,223 - $77,281  
   
Bonus
$98.99 - $7,891  
Commission
$5,500  
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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$29,742 - $75,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $29.02  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $38.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$98.99 - $7,891  
   
Commission
$5,500  
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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$29,742 - $75,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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.

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Desktop Publishers who transition into a Graphic Designer position may see pay fall slightly. Median compensation for Graphic Designers sits around the $39K per year mark. A lot of Desktop Publishers advance their careers by becoming Graphic Artists & Designers and Computer Desktop Publishers. However, those positions offer $9K less and $7K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Survey results suggest that Desktop Publishers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Adobe InDesign are similarly competent in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Publisher

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


For many Desktop Publishers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. For Desktop Publishers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $54K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries



National Average
$45,000



Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 8%

Adobe InDesign
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National Average
$45,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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