The median hourly wage of desktop publishers was $17.60 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.46, and the top 10 percent earned more than $28.52.
Many desktop publishers work part time. They may need to work long hours to meet publication deadlines.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition