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Jewelry Designer Salary (United States)

The average Jewelry Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Jewelry Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Jewelry Designers (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Jewelry Designer Salary (?
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$29,730 - $84,265
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MEDIAN: $49,088
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Jewelry Designer Salary (?
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$11.44 - $28.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,730 - $84,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,674  
Commission
$154.18 - $18,670  
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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$28,027 - $82,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $28.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,674  
   
Commission
$154.18 - $18,670  
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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$28,027 - $82,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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

Job skills reported by Jewelry Designers are limited. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design. Computer Aided Design and Design are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Jewelry Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Jewelry Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Jewelry Designers see a median salary of $55K after reaching 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 $59K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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National Average
$45,000
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For Jewelry Designers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+6 percent) and Providence (+1 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 34%