Jewelry Designer Salary

The average Jewelry Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Jewelry Designers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two in five. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,726 - $85,405
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$85K
MEDIAN: $50,081
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90%

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$11.67 - $29.75
(Median)
$12
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,726 - $85,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,649  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Commission
$9,000  
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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$29,410 - $82,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $29.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.34  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,649  
   
Commission
$9,000  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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).
)
$29,410 - $82,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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 only 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For many Jewelry Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $49K on average. Jewelry Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. 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

National Average: $46,853

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 San Francisco (+7 percent) and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Minneapolis and 7 percent less in Providence, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries



Design
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National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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