$45,417
Avg. Salary
$18.09
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,032

Bonus

$1,404

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Production Artist is $18.09 per hour.

The average pay for a Production Artist is $45,417 per year.

10%
$13.18
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$18.09
50%
$29.21
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MEDIAN $18.09
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$34k
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$45k
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$69k
90%
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MEDIAN $45,417
$33,535 - $69,051
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$69K
MEDIAN: $45,417
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$0$69K
Salary $33,535 - $69,051
Bonus $296 - $4,942
Profit Sharing $710 - $5,068
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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$29,745 - $67,754
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 498
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $13.18 - $29.21
Overtime $19.31 - $38.03
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $296 - $4,942
Profit Sharing $710 - $5,068
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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$29,745 - $67,754
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 607

Job Description

Production artists use specialized computer software to upload design files, as well as make sure they are accurate. These professionals usually oversee the final version of a file before it is publicized. The day-to-day responsibilities of a production artist include applying design changes, managing multiple projects at the same time, ensuring high quality control, and creating mock-ups. They are also responsible for providing specifications for projects and individual pieces, as well as working closely with creative staff and performing photo retouching. Production artists review materials to ensure they are accurate and consistent and meeting compliance requirements mandated by the workplace.

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Production Artist 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


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At the upper end, Production Artists who move into an Art Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Art Directors is a much higher $56K per year.

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Popular Skills


Production Artists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Dreamweaver, QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Production Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 293 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Production Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 181 salaries. A Production Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 85 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,367

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

For Production Artists, New York provides a pay rate that is 54 percent greater than the national average. Production Artists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+37 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Milwaukee (9 percent less) and Cincinnati (7 percent less).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Production Artist?

Production Artist in Minneapolis:
"Always busy, stressful. Isolated."
Pros: Co workers. Location.
Cons: Stress. Deadlines. Low pay.

Production Artist in Edison:
Pros: Friendly atmosphere
Cons: No advancement

Production Artist in New York:
"Fabulous, Talented Production Artist."
Pros: Access to great creative talent
Cons: It’s expensive

Production Artist in St. Louis:
"Better lead time coordination."
Be specific about your expectations and equipment needs. Be sure you know who is to give you projects. Ask for more money. You will love this company. Be excellent.

Production Artist in New York:
"Stay Focused."
Don't rush. Ask questions. Double check work. Always stay organized. Communication is key.

Production Artist in San Francisco:
"A job in the graphic design field."
Pros: Getting to work on design files for different kinds of products. Increased knowledge of adobe illustrator and other programs. Work won't "follow me home"
Cons: Work becomes tedious. Originally started off as a contract worker.

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Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲34%

▲21%

▲9%

National Average
$41,000

▼12%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Adobe Dreamweaver
▲9%

▲7%




Adobe Illustrator
▲1%

Adobe Acrobat
▲1%


National Average
$41,000




HTML
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 22%