Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary (United States)

For Graphic Arts Production Artists, hourly wages usually total $17.09 per hour. Pay begins at $11.73 per hour on the low end and climbs to $28.33 near the top. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Arts Production Artists (54 percent). Work is enjoyable for Graphic Arts Production Artists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary (?
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$30,757 - $65,719
(Median)
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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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MEDIAN: $17.00
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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  
PayScale
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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Though it's uncommon, some Graphic Arts Production Artists move into roles as Sr. Art Directors, bringing in 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled 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.
In most cases, Graphic Arts Production Artists can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting out, salaries are typically $35K, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $46K after 10 to 20 years. As Graphic Arts Production Artists reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter 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. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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National Average
$41,000
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Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Graphic Arts Production Artists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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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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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