Desktop Publisher Salary

Median pay for Desktop Publishers in the United States is around $18.56 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by over one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,344 - $72,414

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$11.86 - $28.23

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,344 - $72,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$26,240 - $67,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $28.23  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $37.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
   
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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$26,240 - $67,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Computer Desktop Publisher. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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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, Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator. 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.


Desktop Publishers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Desktop Publishers make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Desktop Publishers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 29%
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