Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary (United States)

Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $17.09 per hour. The top of the range reaches $28.33, and the bottom approaches $11.73 per hour. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $3,071 from bonuses and more than $8,000 from profit sharing—stretch from around $30,757 to approximately $65,719. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Health benefits are not claimed by all—22 percent lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Arts Production Artists (54 percent). The majority of Graphic Arts Production Artists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed 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  
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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  
PayScale
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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While Graphic Arts Production Artists do not often become Sr. Art Directors, the ones that do transition make an extra $31K per year. A Graphic Designer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Graphic Arts Production Artists, though paychecks actually shrink by $5,518. an Art Director position is another common transition for Graphic Arts Production Artists; in this role, salaries typically increase by $13,101.

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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, 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. Most people experienced in 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.
For many Graphic Arts Production Artists, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $35K, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $46K. Graphic Arts Production Artists who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Graphic Arts Production Artists, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than 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%
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