Median pay for Jewelry Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Women make up the vast majority of Jewelry Designers (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,120 - $80,647
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$30K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,198
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$12.12 - $39.45
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$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,120 - $80,647  
   
Bonus
$613 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$7,650  
Commission
$4,650  
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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$29,145 - $81,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$613 - $10,067  
   
Commission
$4,650  
Profit Sharing
$7,650  
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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$29,145 - $81,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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

  • 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


Survey takers who work as Jewelry Designers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design and Adobe Photoshop. Most people familiar with Design also know Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Most people familiar with Computer Aided Design also know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Jewelry Designer

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


Jewelry Designers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $49K on average. Jewelry Designers see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,078

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Jewelry Designers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent) and San Francisco (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

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$48,000


Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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