Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States take home approximately $17.10 per hour on average. In the world of Graphic Arts Production Artists, overall income ranges from $27K near the bottom to $67K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Arts Production Artists (53 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,270 - $69,714
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,233
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$11.97 - $27.78
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,270 - $69,714  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,897  
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $3,852  
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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$27,304 - $66,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $27.78  
   
Overtime
$13.31 - $39.36  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,897  
   
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $3,852  
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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$27,304 - $66,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
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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 not the most common occurrence, Graphic Arts Production Artists sometimes become Senior Art Directors, where the average income is $72K per year. Graphic Arts Production Artists most frequently become Graphic Artists & Designers and Production Artists even though median compensation is $6K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Graphic Arts Production Artists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in HTML, QuarkXPress, Desktop Publishing, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Illustration, and Design. 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.


For many Graphic Arts Production Artists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. Graphic Arts Production Artists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Graphic Arts Production Artists that is 49 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), and Seattle (+16 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
up arrow 15%

HTML
up arrow 15%




Macintosh
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$41,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 4%

Illustration
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

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