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Working As a Senior Production Artist

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Production Artist Do

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Duties

Graphic designers typically do the following: 

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Use digital illustration, photo-editing software, and layout software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations that help deliver a desired message
  • Design layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use
  • Present design concepts to clients or art directors
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Graphic designers work with both text and images. They often select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. Graphic designers also decide how images and text will go together on a print or webpage, including how much space each will have. When using text in layouts, graphic designers collaborate closely with writers who choose the words and decide whether the words will be put into paragraphs, lists, or tables. Through the use of images, text, and color, graphic designers can transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams, which can make complex ideas more accessible.

Graphic design is important to marketing and selling products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing.

Frequently, designers specialize in a particular category or type of client. For example, some create the graphics used on retail products packaging, still others may work on the visual designs used on book jackets.

Graphic designers need to keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive.

Some individuals with a background in graphic design teach in design schools, colleges, and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Senior Production Artist

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.

Advancement

Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$59,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
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$74,000
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$74,000
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$74,000
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$74,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
A&E Networks
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
5.2 years
How much does a Senior Production Artist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Production Artist in the United States is $75,029 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $94,000.

Real Senior Production Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Production Artist Bungie, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 01, 2011 $100,000 -
$120,000
Senior Production Artist (Animation) Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2014 $100,000 -
$120,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 30, 2011 $93,000 -
$103,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Apr 25, 2011 $92,500 -
$130,000
Senior Production Artist Deluxe Media Group, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2011 $90,000 -
$120,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 21, 2014 $89,700 -
$95,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 18, 2016 $85,000 -
$100,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 25, 2010 $85,000 -
$100,000
Senior Production Artist Just Games Interactive Entertainment, LLC Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2010 $85,000 -
$95,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 01, 2010 $85,000 -
$100,000
Senior Production Artist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 05, 2014 $83,000 -
$92,000
Senior Production Artist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA Feb 07, 2014 $83,000 -
$92,000
Senior Production Artist THQ, Inc. Champaign, IL Aug 01, 2012 $80,000 -
$100,000
SR. Production Artist Trailer Park, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 20, 2015 $80,000 -
$100,000
Senior Production Artist Trailer Park Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 19, 2012 $77,000 -
$90,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 02, 2012 $77,000 -
$95,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 25, 2010 $76,100 -
$80,100
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 01, 2010 $76,100 -
$80,100
Senior Production Artist Ready at Dawn Studios LLC Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2010 $75,000 -
$85,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2012 $75,000 -
$130,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 19, 2015 $75,000 -
$90,000
Senior Production Artist Ready at Dawn Studios LLC Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2011 $71,600 -
$80,000
Senior Production Artist Ready at Dawn Studios LLC Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2011 $70,000 -
$85,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 14, 2013 $65,000 -
$100,000
Senior Production Artist Just Games Interactive Entertainment, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jul 18, 2011 $65,000
Senior Production Artist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 19, 2015 $65,000 -
$75,000
Senior Production Artist Bungie, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 28, 2016 $65,000 -
$70,000
Senior Production Artist Ready at Dawn Studios LLC Irvine, CA Jul 09, 2016 $64,000 -
$70,000
Senior Production Artist Namco Bandai Games America, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 27, 2011 $60,000 -
$75,000
Senior Production Artist Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Mar 01, 2011 $60,000 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Production Artist

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Art Direction
  3. Web Banners
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Produced digital images in Adobe Photoshop for customers.
  • Direct MailMarketing, Team Leadership/Mentor, Creative Art Direction, Web Design.
  • Created logos, web banners, infomercial materials, storyboards and mock-ups of car promotions.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the creative studio and a team of nine production artists.
  • Dedicated effort in all phases of print production and comp assembly projects with clients for Leo Burnett USA.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Production Artists

  1. Washington
  2. North Dakota
  3. Montana
  4. Vermont
  5. Idaho
  6. Oregon
  7. South Dakota
  8. Nevada
  9. West Virginia
  10. California
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Senior Production Artist Demographics

Gender

Male

50.3%

Female

37.2%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

Chinese

9.1%

Cantonese

9.1%

Japanese

9.1%

French

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

Italian

9.1%
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Senior Production Artist Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

14.3%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

8.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

7.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.1%

Columbia College Chicago

6.1%

Syracuse University

5.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

Parsons the New School for Design

5.1%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.1%

Brooks College

4.1%

Art Institute of California - Inland

4.1%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

4.1%

University of Delaware

4.1%

Western Technical College

3.1%

Illinois State University

3.1%

State University of New York Farmingdale

3.1%

California State University - Fullerton

3.1%

Art Institute of Colorado

3.1%

Central Michigan University

3.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.1%
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Majors

Graphic Design

47.5%

Computer Applications

7.6%

Fine Arts

7.4%

Communication

6.7%

Design And Visual Communication

4.7%

Graphic Communications

4.2%

Photography

4.2%

Business

3.4%

Computer Science

1.7%

Entertainment Business

1.5%

Journalism

1.5%

Advertising

1.5%

English

1.5%

Animation

1.5%

Education

1.2%

Music

1.0%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

0.7%

Psychology

0.7%

Elementary Education

0.7%

Marketing

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.5%

Other

15.1%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

8.4%

Masters

6.0%

Diploma

1.7%
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