Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary
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.Read More...
The artist usually asks questions of the client to understand fully the purpose and needs for each individual job. The client may have proprietary artwork, logos, or photos that the production artist must incorporate as well. The artist then typically creates one or more “proofs” for client approval and - after making any necessary corrections - sees this approved work through the printing process for quality assurance. The production artist in a modern setting typically does most of his or her work by computer and should be comfortable with using this platform. Additionally, the production artist may be expected to successfully create physical copies of his or her completed work using printing equipment.
Typically, a production artist works as part of an organization that engages in graphics and artistic work for marketing purposes; this can be anything from sign companies and professional print houses to working as part of a subset of a larger marketing team in a company's art department.
To work as a production artist, a person typically needs at least vocational training or an associate's degree in graphic arts. Many companies look for practical experience in the field and want to see a prospective artist's portfolio. A person interested in this work should have demonstrated proficiency with relevant software as well. Production artists in graphic arts typically work in a computer studio environment during regular business hours, although alternative and/or additional hours may be required.
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)
Graphic Arts Production Artists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Art Director. The average Senior Art Director brings home $73K per year. 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 $7K lower and $2K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Desktop Publishing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. QuarkXPress and Macintosh are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 6 percent and 30 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dreamweaver, Adobe After Effects, and Illustration. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Graphic Arts Production Artists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $54K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Graphic Arts Production Artists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+53 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and Chicago (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Minneapolis and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).