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Production Artist (Graphic Arts) Salary

For Graphic Arts Production Artists, hourly average wages total $17.21 per hour. In the world of Graphic Arts Production Artists, overall income ranges from $27K near the bottom to $66K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Graphic Arts Production Artists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although roughly a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$31,107 - $66,877
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MEDIAN: $44,715
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$11.80 - $28.61
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,107 - $66,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,061  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $8,054  
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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$26,829 - $65,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 326
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $28.61  
   
Overtime
$14.33 - $39.32  
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 - $3,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $8,054  
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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$26,829 - $65,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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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. As Graphic Arts Production Artists progress in their field, many go on to become Graphic Artists & Designers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and typical pay for the role is $35K. Another common career choice for Graphic Arts Production Artists is to move into an Art Director role — this promotion usually pays $54K.

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Popular Skills for Production Artist (Graphic Arts)


Graphic Arts Production Artists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in HTML, QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, and Desktop Publishing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Illustration, and Design. 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.


Graphic Arts Production Artists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. Graphic Arts Production Artists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Graphic Arts Production Artists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Arts Production Artists, 45 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Arts Production Artists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent) and Chicago (+20 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 9%

HTML
up arrow 9%




Advertising
up arrow 2%

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 3%

Design
up arrow 4%

Illustration
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%