Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

Earnings for Graphic Arts Production Artists in the United States come in at around $17.07 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Graphic Arts Production Artists — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $27K to approximately $67K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up a slight majority of Graphic Arts Production Artists (52 percent) survey respondents. Roughly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Graphic Arts Production Artists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,248 - $69,758

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$11.96 - $27.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,248 - $69,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
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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$27,474 - $66,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $27.65  
   
Overtime
$13.12 - $39.44  
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 - $2,891  
   
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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$27,474 - $66,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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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 $72K annually. Many Graphic Arts Production Artists go on to become Graphic Artists & Designers or Production Artists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $6K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Survey takers working as Graphic Arts Production Artists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in HTML, QuarkXPress, Desktop Publishing, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Illustration, and Design. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $35K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Graphic Arts Production Artist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Arts Production Artists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+31 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+15 percent).

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Experience Affects Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salaries

HTML
up arrow 16%

QuarkXPress
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 125 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

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: 45% employee benefits None: 21%
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