Desktop Publisher Salary

Desktop Publishers in the United States take home an average $18.14 per hour. Women Desktop Publishers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. 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 a little more than half. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Desktop Publishers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,466 - $71,326
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,510
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$11.34 - $28.78
(Median)
$11
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,466 - $71,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$25,522 - $66,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $28.78  
   
Overtime
$15.25 - $37.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$25,522 - $66,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97

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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Computer Desktop Publisher. Computer Desktop Publishers on average make about as much as Desktop Publishers do.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Survey results imply that Desktop Publishers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 3 percent, respectively. 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.


For Desktop Publishers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. Desktop Publishers bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $51K.

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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 23%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 30%