Desktop Publisher Salary

Earnings for Desktop Publishers in the United States come in at around $18.68 per hour on average. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Desktop Publishers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Female Desktop Publishers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Although the larger part have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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
(Median)
$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: 20 Jun 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: 20 Jun 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 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


Desktop Publishers report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Adobe Acrobat command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Those educated in Adobe InDesign tend to be well versed in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $37K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. On average, Desktop Publishers make $48K 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 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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