The average Jewelry Designer in the United States earns approximately $50K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Most Jewelry Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Jewelry Designers who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,000 - $82,166
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$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,471
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$12.18 - $39.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,000 - $82,166  
   
Bonus
$608 - $10,101  
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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$28,688 - $81,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $39.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$1.71 - $41.11  
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
$608 - $10,101  
   
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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$28,688 - $81,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 77

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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


Jewelry Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Jewelry Design can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop. Most people experienced in Computer Aided Design also know Adobe Illustrator. Those familiar with Design tend to be well versed in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Jewelry Designer

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


Jewelry Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $41K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Jewelry Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,263

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

For Jewelry Designers, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent) and San Francisco (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 17 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Jewelry Designer

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Jewelry Design
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Design
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National Average
$48,000


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
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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