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Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary (United States)

Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States can typically expect wages of $17.09 per hour. Total cash compensation to Graphic Arts Production Artists approaches anywhere from $27K on the lower end to $65K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly more than a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair portion report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Arts Production Artists (54 percent). Most Graphic Arts Production Artists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary (?
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$30,757 - $65,719
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MEDIAN: $44,316
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Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary (?
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$11.73 - $28.33
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,757 - $65,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,071  
Profit Sharing
$254.34 - $8,000  
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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$26,792 - $65,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $28.33  
   
Overtime
$14.22 - $39.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$254.34 - $8,000  
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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$26,792 - $65,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 421
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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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It's not very common for Graphic Arts Production Artists to move on to become Senior Art Directors. Typical pay for a Senior Art Director is $72K annually. More often than not, a Graphic Artist & Designer role is the next step for Graphic Arts Production Artists moving up in the field. Pay for Graphic Artists & Designers is usually $35K. Many Graphic Arts Production Artists choose to take on an Art Director role instead, where salaries are typically $54K.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)

Survey results imply that Graphic Arts Production Artists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, QuarkXPress, HTML, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word. The majority of those 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.
Graphic Arts Production Artists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. Graphic Arts Production Artists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Graphic Arts Production Artists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four 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 nearly one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Graphic Arts Production Artists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent) and Chicago (+20 percent).

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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

QuarkXPress
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HTML
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Advertising
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Acrobat
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Adobe Photoshop
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Illustration
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National Average
$41,000
Graphic Design
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Design
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%