Jewelry Designer Salary (United States)

Jewelry Designers in the United States typically take home $43,297 annually. Compensation starts at $27,104 and can reach $81,311 per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by 44 percent. Most Jewelry Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Jewelry Designer Salary (?
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$29,343 - $82,309
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MEDIAN: $46,636
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Jewelry Designer Salary (?
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$11.07 - $28.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,343 - $82,309  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
Commission
$154.18 - $18,670  
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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$27,104 - $81,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $28.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
   
Commission
$154.18 - $18,670  
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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$27,104 - $81,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Jewelry Designer

  • Interpret design/style trends into brand appropriate product that fits within targeted retail pricing.
  • Research seasonal trends and color stories.
  • Loose sketch design ideas/concepts in order to convey vision to the team.
  • 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.

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Survey takers who work as Jewelry Designers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 10 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design (CAD). Competency in Computer Aided Design (CAD) frequently indicates knowledge of Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Jewelry Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Jewelry Designers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, pay rises to approximately $49,897 after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $55K after 10 to 20 years. Jewelry Designers experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$43,000
Dallas
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With a pay rate for Jewelry Designers that is 41 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+7 percent) and Providence (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 8 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
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Design
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 35%