Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

The average Graphic Arts Production Artist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.23 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,545 - $76,569
$31K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,512
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$12.50 - $30.64
$13
$17
$31
MEDIAN: $17.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,545 - $76,569  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $7,757  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Commission
$2,800  
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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$27,386 - $75,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $30.64  
   
Overtime
$18.89 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$496.65 - $7,757  
   
Commission
$2,800  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$27,386 - $75,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 182

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


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Graphic Arts Production Artists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Art Director. The latter position pays an average of $74K annually. Graphic Arts Production Artists most often move into positions as Graphic Artists & Designers or Production Artists. Graphic Artists & Designers actually earn $7K less on average, however, and Production Artists earn $2K less per year than Graphic Arts Production Artists do.

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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 Desktop Publishing, QuarkXPress, and Macintosh are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 27 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Illustration, Dreamweaver, and Adobe After Effects. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Graphic Arts Production Artists. The average beginner in this position makes around $33K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. Graphic Arts Production Artists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Graphic Arts Production Artists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,620

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

For Graphic Arts Production Artists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 94 percent above the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+70 percent), Dallas (+62 percent), Minneapolis (+39 percent), and Los Angeles (+38 percent). Graphic Arts Production Artists in Cleveland make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Key Stats for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

▲31%

▲26%

▲6%

National Average
$43,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries


▲27%

▲17%


National Average
$43,000



▼4%




▼9%


Adobe After Effects
▼17%

Dreamweaver
▼18%

▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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