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Desktop Publisher Salary (United States)

Average Desktop Publishers in the United States make around $17.80 per hour. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Women Desktop Publishers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Desktop Publishers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Desktop Publisher Salary (?
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$30,368 - $69,463
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MEDIAN: $43,268
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Desktop Publisher Salary (?
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$11.38 - $29.21
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,368 - $69,463  
   
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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$25,603 - $66,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $29.21  
   
Overtime
$17.58 - $37.49  
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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$25,603 - $66,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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As Desktop Publishers make advancements in their career path, salaries do not necessarily change. Higher-end positions, such as Computer Desktop Publisher, pay amounts similar to Desktop Publishers on average.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher

Desktop Publishers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Adobe Acrobat can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator. 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.
Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $36K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $42K. Desktop Publishers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Desktop Publishers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $50K.

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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 24%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
National Average
$42,000
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%
Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 30%