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Desktop Publisher Salary

Earnings for Desktop Publishers in the United States come in at around $18.54 per hour on average. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Women make up a slight majority of Desktop Publishers (59 percent) survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,545 - $70,733
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,713
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$11.51 - $28.89
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,545 - $70,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$25,794 - $66,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.51 - $28.89  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $37.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
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).
)
$25,794 - $66,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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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


Survey takers who work as Desktop Publishers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Adobe Acrobat command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. 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.


For Desktop Publishers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $47K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 22%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

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
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 29%
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