Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

The average Graphic Arts Production Artist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.36 per hour. In the world of Graphic Arts Production Artists, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $72K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women Graphic Arts Production Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,380 - $73,810
(Median)
$32K
$47K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,869
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$12.51 - $30.04
(Median)
$13
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,380 - $73,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $3,915  
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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$28,660 - $71,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $30.04  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $40.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $3,915  
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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$28,660 - $71,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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It's not very common for Graphic Arts Production Artists to move on to become Senior Art Directors. Average pay for a Senior Art Director is $73K annually. Graphic Arts Production Artists most often move into Graphic Artist & Designer or Production Artist roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Graphic Arts Production Artists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with HTML, QuarkXPress, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 22 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word, and Illustration. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,651

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

For Graphic Arts Production Artists, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 67 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+61 percent), New York (+55 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), and San Diego (+24 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

HTML
up arrow 23%

QuarkXPress
up arrow 22%


Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Macintosh
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Advertising
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$42,000

Design
up arrow 4%



Illustration
up arrow 6%


Dreamweaver
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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