Desktop Publisher Salary

Desktop Publishers in the United States pull down an average of $19.64 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Desktop Publishers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and over one-half have dental, as well. Women account for the majority of Desktop Publishers who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,506 - $75,760
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$76K
MEDIAN: $43,774
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$11.92 - $28.67
(Median)
$12
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,506 - $75,760  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$26,269 - $68,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $28.67  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $37.71  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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).
)
$26,269 - $68,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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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For Desktop Publishers who take on Computer Desktop Publisher roles, career progression may result in somewhat decreased compensation. On average, the latter position pays $38K.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Desktop Publishers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop. Most people who know 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.


For many Desktop Publishers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Desktop Publishers make a median salary of $50K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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