Desktop Publisher Salary

Pay for Desktop Publishers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.64 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Desktop Publishers report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Desktop Publishers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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 (?
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
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 (?
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$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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Desktop Publishers who transition into a Computer Desktop Publisher position may see pay fall slightly. Median compensation for Computer Desktop Publishers sits around the $38K per year mark.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Survey results suggest that Desktop Publishers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Desktop Publishers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Desktop Publishers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Desktop Publishers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

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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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