Jewelry Designer Salary
Job Description for Jewelry Designer
A jewelry designer designs various types of jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and rings. The designer may have to come up with innovative designs from scratch, while other positions will have design guidelines that need to be followed. The jewelry designer may work directly with customers and help customer’s ideas come to realization through verbal instructions or sketches.Read More...
The jewelry designer is often involved in building the jewelry as well. In some positions, the jewelry designer may also be involved in the sales of jewelry. The job may involve independent work, where deadlines for productivity need to be met. However, communication skills are important in order to work with customers, other designers, management, and third parties. Some positions may involve using 3D design programs such as Photoshop and Rhino, so experience with these programs may be necessary. The jewelry designer should keep abreast of changes and trends in the market in order to create products that will be enticing for customers. Therefore, some research skills are needed. This position is sometimes freelance, in which case commission may be involved.
Some positions may require the jewelry designer to have a degree from an art school, while others have no educational requirements. Usually, the jewelry designer must have a portfolio to present to prospective employers. This job is usually carried out indoors at places such as a home or store. There are both permanent and temporary positions available.
Jewelry Designer Tasks
- Develop and execute product designs to company's or customer's satisfaction.
- Prepare and finalize technical drawings of product to be used for mass production in overseas factories.
- Loose sketch design ideas/concepts in order to convey vision to the team.
- Interpret design/style trends into brand appropriate product that fits within targeted retail pricing.
- Research seasonal trends and color stories.
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Popular Skills for Jewelry Designer
Jewelry Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Jewelry Design can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop. Most people experienced in Computer Aided Design also know Adobe Illustrator. Those familiar with Design tend to be well versed in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
Pay by Experience Level for Jewelry Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Jewelry Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $41K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Jewelry Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $68K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Jewelry Designers, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent) and San Francisco (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 17 percent below the national average.
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