Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

Average Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States make around $17.36 per hour. In the world of Graphic Arts Production Artists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $72K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Most Graphic Arts Production Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,380 - $73,810
(Median)
$32K
$47K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,869
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$12.51 - $30.04
(Median)
$13
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,380 - $73,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $3,915  
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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$28,660 - $71,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $30.04  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $40.82  
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
$0.00 - $2,954  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $3,915  
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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$28,660 - $71,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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Job Description for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)

A production artist (graphic arts) helps clients develop high-quality materials for clients, such as signs, posters, brochures, and banners. The production artist works with clients to understand their needs and requirements, and then works within these parameters to create memorable graphic designs that meet customers' approval.

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Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Tasks

  • Work with advertisers and SEO advisors to optimize web sites.
  • Promote and analyze statistics about web traffic and length of stay.
  • Create, validate, and test sites, and deliver final design files with optimized graphics.
  • Create, maintain, and integrate websites and applications.
  • Troubleshoot web design and build issues.

Common Career Paths for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


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Though it's uncommon, some Graphic Arts Production Artists move into roles as Senior Art Directors, where pay is an average $73K per year. Graphic Arts Production Artists most frequently advance into Graphic Artist & Designer and Production Artist roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Graphic Arts Production Artists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with HTML, QuarkXPress, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 22 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word, and Illustration. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Graphic Arts Production Artists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Arts Production Artists make a median salary of $46K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,651

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

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Arts Production Artists, 67 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+61 percent), New York (+55 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), and San Diego (+24 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

HTML
up arrow 23%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 22%


Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Macintosh
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Advertising
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$42,000

Design
up arrow 4%



Illustration
up arrow 6%


Dreamweaver
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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