Desktop Publisher Salary

Average Desktop Publishers in the United States make around $20.27 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Desktop Publishers survey respondents are women (74 percent). Most Desktop Publishers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,637 - $76,447
$27K
$48K
$76K
MEDIAN: $47,863
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50%
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$14.52 - $29.39
$15
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20.27
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$0$76K
Salary $26,637 - $76,447
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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$29,974 - $73,377
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 43
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $14.52 - $29.39
Overtime $22.02 - $38.81
Annual Data $0$73K
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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$29,974 - $73,377
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 47

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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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Desktop Publishers who advance into a position like Graphic Designer may end up working for a little less. On average, Graphic Designers take home $40K annually. Desktop Publishers most frequently advance into Graphic Artist & Designer and Computer Desktop Publisher roles even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher


Survey results suggest that Desktop Publishers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Adobe InDesign tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Publisher

Pay by Experience for a Desktop Publisher has a positive trend. An entry-level Desktop Publisher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 29 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Desktop Publisher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 27 salaries. An experienced Desktop Publisher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 43 salaries. A Desktop Publisher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 20 salaries.

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Key Stats for Desktop Publisher

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Desktop Publisher Salaries

▲13%

▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼27%

Skills That Affect Desktop Publisher Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
▲6%

Adobe InDesign
▼0%

National Average
$46,000




Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 20%
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