How Much Do Desktop Publishers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Desktop Publishers

Desktop Publishers format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$50600 per year
Hourly wage
$24 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$24,530 to $35,150 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Desktop Publishers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $24,530 to $35,150 per year or $12 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Desktop Publishers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $81,240
Senior (Top 25%) $30 $62,420
Middle (Mid 50%) $23 $47,560
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $35,150
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $24,530

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $31 $65,390
MD $31 $64,440
WI $29 $59,650
CO $29 $59,440
VA $27 $56,760
NM $26 $54,950
NY $26 $54,580
MA $26 $54,100
FL $25 $52,920
OH $25 $52,200

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Desktop Publisher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Desktop Publishers are in the states of CA, MD, WI, CO and VA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $67740 $32.57
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $64600 $31.06
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $64110 $30.82
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $62260 $29.93
Scientific Research and Development Services $61430 $29.53
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $60090 $28.89
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $59650 $28.68
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $59630 $28.67
State Government $57990 $27.88
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $57740 $27.76
Specialized Design Services $57670 $27.72
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $56820 $27.32
Management of Companies and Enterprises $56640 $27.23
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $55820 $26.84
Printing and Related Support Activities $55750 $26.80
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $53030 $25.50
Educational Support Services $51610 $24.81
Software Publishers $50570 $24.31
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $50240 $24.16
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $49400 $23.75
Employment Services $49230 $23.67
Insurance Carriers $49140 $23.62
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $48400 $23.27
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $48340 $23.24
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $45580 $21.91
Elementary and Secondary Schools $42690 $20.52
Local Government $40490 $19.47
Business Support Services $40000 $19.23
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $38250 $18.39
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $ $*

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