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Jewelry Designer Salary

An average Jewelry Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $48K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Most Jewelry Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,407 - $85,012
(Median)
$29K
$48K
$85K
MEDIAN: $48,341
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90%

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$11.71 - $29.28
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$29,407 - $85,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,000  
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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$28,202 - $83,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $29.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.17  
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 - $9,000  
   
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).
)
$28,202 - $83,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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


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 between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design. The majority of those 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. Jewelry Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Jewelry Designers, 38 percent above the national average. Jewelry Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+5 percent) and Providence (+1 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Jewelry Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 33%


National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Jewelry Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 14%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%

Design
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 36%
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