Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

Median pay for Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States is around $17.11 per hour. Total cash earnings of Graphic Arts Production Artists range from $27K on the low end to $66K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $4K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Graphic Arts Production Artists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Women Graphic Arts Production Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,147 - $69,075
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,970
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$11.90 - $27.56
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,147 - $69,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,940  
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $3,852  
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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$26,981 - $66,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $27.56  
   
Overtime
$13.31 - $39.36  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $3,852  
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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$26,981 - $66,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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 not the most common occurrence, Graphic Arts Production Artists sometimes become Senior Art Directors, where the average income is $72K per year. Graphic Arts Production Artists most often advance into Graphic Artist & Designer and Production Artist positions even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, HTML, Desktop Publishing, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Illustration, and Design. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)

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


For many Graphic Arts Production Artists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Graphic Arts Production Artists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Arts Production Artists, 49 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). In San Diego, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 17%

HTML
up arrow 11%




Macintosh
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$41,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 4%

Illustration
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%
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