Desktop Publisher Salary
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.Read More...
Other responsibilities include liaising with the client and coordinator on electronic publishing issues and keeping all relevant individuals up to date on project progress. Text and graphic templates and instructions should be established and quality must be checked regularly throughout production to ensure the quality and consistency of final product. The desktop publisher oversees final product coordination as well, including coordinating electronic and hard copy printing; this involves close work with copy center staff.
Desktop publishers typically work indoors in an office environment during regular business hours. Typical employers include government agencies and large corporations. The desktop publisher works in a collaborative team environment with several different departments and personnel, such as the project coordinator, accounts manager, lead editor, and copy center staff, so strong teamwork and interpersonal skills are essential.
A bachelor's degree is generally required for this role, although employers may accept equivalent experience in lieu of a degree. Frequently, at least six years of publishing, text processing, graphic design and/or electronic publishing experience is a must. Demonstrated project leadership and supervisory experience is beneficial as well.
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
For Desktop Publishers who take on Graphic Designer roles, career progression may result in somewhat decreased compensation. On average, the latter position pays $39K. Desktop Publishers most frequently become Graphic Artists & Designers and Computer Desktop Publishers even though median compensation is $11K lower and $8K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher
Desktop Publishers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 experienced in Adobe InDesign also know 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. For Desktop Publishers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $54K on average.
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