Layout Artist Salary
Layout Artists in the United States take home an average $16.95 per hour. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Layout Artist
A layout artist is a graphic design artist who pays attention to how images and text are displayed, such as in a magazine or catalog or on a website. Some layout artists are focused in the animation industry, where animation software is used to lay out scenes and stories. Strong aesthetic skills are needed, in order to produce artwork that is attractive to a general audience.Read More...
It is important to have strong computer skills and the ability to use 3D graphic design software. The ability to create storyboards and drawings by hand is also needed. It is important to be able to combine colors in an attractive manner and to be able to have just the right balance of space, text, and pictures. The layout should make the information easy to comprehend yet attractive to look at. Some layout artists will be responsible not only for the layout of things, but will also be tasked with coming up with the actual artwork to be used.
An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in graphic design is usually necessary. A layout artist will often collaborate with team members to produce a work of art. However, much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be able to adhere to time constraints and to work at a steady pace. The work is often done in an office environment, though the layout artist may work from home on a freelance basis. When working in the animation field, a degree in film or animation may be needed.
Layout Artist Tasks
- Implement layouts across platforms and sources.
- Work with team members to update, retouch, alter, and edit layouts.
- Execute drafts and final layouts according to pitches and specifications.
- Participate in status meetings and communicate needs.
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Popular Skills for Layout Artist
Typical Layout Artists report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. The majority of those who know Adobe InDesign also know Adobe Illustrator.
Pay by Experience Level for Layout Artist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. Layout Artists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.