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Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.05 per hour. Total cash earnings of Graphic Arts Production Artists range from $27K on the low end to $66K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $4K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Graphic Arts Production Artists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,251 - $67,297
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,100
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$11.75 - $28.68
(Median)
$12
$17
$29
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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,251 - $67,297  
   
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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$26,537 - $65,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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
$11.75 - $28.68  
   
Overtime
$13.31 - $39.73  
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 - $2,956  
   
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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$26,537 - $65,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318

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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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Graphic Arts Production Artists may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Art Director, where median compensation is $72K annually. Graphic Arts Production Artists most often move into positions as Graphic Artists & Designers or Production Artists. Graphic Artists & Designers actually earn $6K less on average, however, and Production Artists earn $2K less per year than Graphic Arts Production Artists do.

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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, skills in QuarkXPress, HTML, Adobe InDesign, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Design, and Illustration. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. On average, Graphic Arts Production Artists make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Arts Production Artists, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 50 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+16 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 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 16%

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 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%