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Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States take home approximately $16.98 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Graphic Arts Production Artists approaches anywhere from $27K on the lower end to $66K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Graphic Arts Production Artists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Some workers in this field — roughly a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,053 - $67,882
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,364
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$11.81 - $27.76
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,053 - $67,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
Profit Sharing
$578 - $3,831  
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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$26,715 - $66,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $27.76  
   
Overtime
$13.21 - $39.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
   
Profit Sharing
$578 - $3,831  
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).
)
$26,715 - $66,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309

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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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For Graphic Arts Production Artists, progressing to a Senior Art Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Art Director can earn $72K annually. Many Graphic Arts Production Artists advance into roles as Graphic Artists & Designers or Production Artists, but the median salaries are $6K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Graphic Arts Production Artists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, HTML, Desktop Publishing, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Illustration, and Design. 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.


Graphic Arts Production Artists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Arts Production Artists make a median salary of $45K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Arts Production Artists, 50 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 9 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 17%

HTML
up arrow 12%






Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 3%

Illustration
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%
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