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Jewelry Designer Salary

Jewelry Designers in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. For the most part, Jewelry Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Jewelry Designers are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,407 - $84,311
(Median)
$29K
$47K
$84K
MEDIAN: $47,302
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90%

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$11.55 - $29.19
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,407 - $84,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
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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$27,425 - $82,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $29.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
   
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).
)
$27,425 - $82,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Jewelry Designers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design. Those proficient in Computer Aided Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. Jewelry Designers bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Jewelry Designers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Jewelry Designers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+7 percent) and Providence (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 15%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 7%

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National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 36%