Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States take home approximately $17.46 per hour on average. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Graphic Arts Production Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Arts Production Artists (52 percent) survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,235 - $74,942
$30K
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$75K
MEDIAN: $50,015
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$12.65 - $30.48
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MEDIAN: $17.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,235 - $74,942  
   
Bonus
$495.51 - $7,793  
Profit Sharing
$2,444  
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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$27,769 - $74,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.65 - $30.48  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$495.51 - $7,793  
   
Commission
$2,800  
Profit Sharing
$2,444  
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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$27,769 - $74,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 188

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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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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 $73K annually. Graphic Arts Production Artists most frequently become Graphic Artists & Designers and Production Artists even though median compensation is $7K lower and $3K 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, facility with Desktop Publishing, QuarkXPress, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 27 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Dreamweaver, Illustration, and Adobe After Effects. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Arts Production Artists make a median salary of $52K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $55K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,697

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

For Graphic Arts Production Artists, New York provides a pay rate that is 66 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+58 percent), Los Angeles (+38 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), and Atlanta (+22 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Graphic Arts Production Artists is geography, with workers in Cleveland earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average.

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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 55 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries


QuarkXPress
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National Average
$43,000





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Adobe After Effects
up arrow 17%

Illustration
up arrow 18%

Dreamweaver
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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