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Jewelry Designer Salary (United States)

Pay for Jewelry Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $47K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Women make up the vast majority of Jewelry Designers (81 percent). Job satisfaction for Jewelry Designers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Jewelry Designer Salary (?
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$29,343 - $82,309
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MEDIAN: $46,636
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Jewelry Designer Salary (?
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$11.07 - $28.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,343 - $82,309  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
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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$27,104 - $81,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $28.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,584  
   
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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$27,104 - $81,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Jewelry Designer

  • 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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Jewelry Designers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 10 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Aided Design. Computer Aided Design and Design are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Jewelry Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Jewelry Designers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. On average, Jewelry Designers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $59K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Providence
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National Average
$43,000
Dallas
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Jewelry Designers, New York provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+7 percent) and Providence (+4 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 16%
Adobe Photoshop
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Design
up arrow 7%
National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 35%