Desktop Publisher Salary

Desktop Publishers in the United States take home an average $20.23 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Desktop Publishers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,594 - $78,957
$26K
$49K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,608
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$13.93 - $29.85
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MEDIAN: $20.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,594 - $78,957  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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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$28,406 - $75,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $29.85  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $38.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$28,406 - $75,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Desktop Publisher


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For Desktop Publishers who take on Graphic Designer roles, career progression may result in somewhat decreased compensation. On average, the latter position pays $39K. Desktop Publishers most frequently become Graphic Artists & Designers and Computer Desktop Publishers even though median compensation is $11K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Desktop Publishers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office. 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.


Desktop Publishers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. For Desktop Publishers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $54K on average.

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Key Stats for Desktop Publisher

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
▲7%


National Average
$46,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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