Desktop Publisher Salary

Desktop Publishers in the United States can expect wages of $18.68 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. 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 more than half. More than half of Desktop Publishers (60 percent) survey participants are women. Most Desktop Publishers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,701 - $72,885
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,125
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$11.84 - $28.31
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$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,701 - $72,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$26,501 - $67,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $28.31  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $37.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
   
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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$26,501 - $67,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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.

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Desktop Publishers who move into a Computer Desktop Publisher role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Computer Desktop Publishers earn $38K a year on average.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Desktop Publishers report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Adobe Acrobat can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Those familiar with Adobe InDesign also tend to 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $37K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. 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 21%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$43,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 30%
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