Jewelry Designer Salary

Average Jewelry Designers in the United States make around $49K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,486 - $84,479
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$84K
MEDIAN: $48,616
10%
50%
90%

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$11.76 - $29.20
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$29,486 - $84,479  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
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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$28,462 - $82,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $29.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.34  
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 - $7,946  
   
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).
)
$28,462 - $82,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Jewelry Designers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design. Most people who know 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 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. Jewelry Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Jewelry Designers, 35 percent higher than the national average. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+6 percent) and San Francisco (+5 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 5%

Design
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National Average
$45,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 36%
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