Desktop Publisher Salary
|Salary||$25,499 - $80,082|
|Total Pay (||$28,163 - $75,184|
|Hourly Rate||$13.69 - $29.16|
|Overtime||$22.19 - $38.52|
|Total Pay (||$28,163 - $75,184|
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.Read More...
Other responsibilities include liaising with the client and coordinator on electronic publishing issues and keeping all relevant individuals up to date on project progress. Text and graphic templates and instructions should be established and quality must be checked regularly throughout production to ensure the quality and consistency of final product. The desktop publisher oversees final product coordination as well, including coordinating electronic and hard copy printing; this involves close work with copy center staff.
Desktop publishers typically work indoors in an office environment during regular business hours. Typical employers include government agencies and large corporations. The desktop publisher works in a collaborative team environment with several different departments and personnel, such as the project coordinator, accounts manager, lead editor, and copy center staff, so strong teamwork and interpersonal skills are essential.
A bachelor's degree is generally required for this role, although employers may accept equivalent experience in lieu of a degree. Frequently, at least six years of publishing, text processing, graphic design and/or electronic publishing experience is a must. Demonstrated project leadership and supervisory experience is beneficial as well.
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
Desktop Publishers may see a slight downturn in earnings as they move into roles like Graphic Designer, where pay is $40K on average. Desktop Publishers most frequently advance into Graphic Artist & Designer and Computer Desktop Publisher roles even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $8K lower, respectively.
Popular Skills for Desktop Publisher
Survey results show that Desktop Publishers typically report just a few 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Adobe InDesign are, more often than not, also skilled 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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