Jewelry Designer Salary

Median pay for Jewelry Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,528 - $83,700

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$11.78 - $29.17

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,528 - $83,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
Commission
$152.60 - $19,000  
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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$28,647 - $81,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $29.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
   
Commission
$152.60 - $19,000  
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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$28,647 - $81,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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.

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Jewelry Designer Tasks

  • 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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Popular Skills for Jewelry Designer


Professional skills reported by Jewelry Designers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design. Those educated in Computer Aided Design tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Jewelry Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Jewelry Designers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $50K. On average, Jewelry Designers make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Jewelry Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Jewelry Designers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+7 percent) and San Francisco (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
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National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
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Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$45,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 36%
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