Digital Press Operator Salary
Job Description for Digital Press Operator
A digital press operator typically works in the printing and publishing industry, operating a digital press that produces various printed materials assigned by their employer. A digital press operator usually is responsible for operating more than one piece of digital press equipment at one time, including maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair. Digital press operators typically work in indoor environments on a variety of shifts that typically are eight to 12 hours long and may be first, second, or third shift depending on the production capabilities and demand of the employer.Read More...
Commonly used programs in this line of work include Indesign, Quark Xpress, Adobe Creative Suites, Adobe Photoshop, Preps Imposition, and Adobe Illustrator; a digital press operator must be familiar with them. Digital press operators are also expected to have an eye for detail and an ability to maintain a high level of quality in their work. Good organizational skills and problem solving skills are mandatory, as is the ability to work under a tight deadline. Experience with PC and Mac computer operating systems is usually preferred.
The educational required to work as a digital press operator is a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Working conditions usually require that a digital press operator be able to lift up to 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time. Color blindness is generally not allowed for digital press operators, and many employers may require a vision screening prior to employment.
Digital Press Operator Tasks
- Interpret orders and load printing press to correctly produce products.
- Document products, materials, and problems.
- Update ink, material, paper, and other inventories to ensure smooth operations.
- Quality inspect products and ensure accurate rendering.
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Popular Skills for Digital Press Operator
Survey results show that Digital Press Operators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Prepress, ICC Profiling / Color Management, Maintenance, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know ICC Profiling / Color Management also know Prepress.
Pay by Experience Level for Digital Press Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. Digital Press Operators see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $42K.