Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.56 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,728 - $74,323
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,170
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$12.61 - $30.22
(Median)
$13
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,728 - $74,323  
   
Bonus
$501 - $7,483  
Profit Sharing
$3,072  
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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$27,790 - $72,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.61 - $30.22  
   
Overtime
$18.69 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$501 - $7,483  
   
Commission
$2,800  
Profit Sharing
$3,072  
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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$27,790 - $72,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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.

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Graphic Arts Production Artists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Art Director. The average Senior Art Director brings home $73K per year. Many Graphic Arts Production Artists go on to become Graphic Artists & Designers or Production Artists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $7K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Desktop Publishing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. QuarkXPress and Macintosh are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 6 percent and 30 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dreamweaver, Adobe After Effects, and Illustration. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Graphic Arts Production Artists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,441

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

For Graphic Arts Production Artists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+53 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and Chicago (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Minneapolis and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries


QuarkXPress
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National Average
$42,000

Advertising
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Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Word
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Adobe Illustrator
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Illustration
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Adobe After Effects
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Dreamweaver
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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