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Digital Press Operator Salary (United States)

Earnings for Digital Press Operators in the United States come in at around $15.46 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $11.44 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.43. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Digital Press Operators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Digital Press Operator Salary (?
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$27,350 - $59,033
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $37,707
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Digital Press Operator Salary (?
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$11.44 - $21.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,350 - $59,033  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $977  
Profit Sharing
$7.14 - $3,073  
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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$24,693 - $48,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $21.43  
   
Overtime
$16.71 - $33.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $977  
   
Profit Sharing
$7.14 - $3,073  
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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$24,693 - $48,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 460
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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.
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Digital Press Operator Tasks
  • Update ink, material, paper, and other inventories to ensure smooth operations.
  • Quality inspect products and ensure accurate rendering.
  • Interpret orders and load printing press to correctly produce products.
  • Document products, materials, and problems.

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Popular Skills for Digital Press Operator

Digital Press Operators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Prepress, Maintenance, ICC Profiling / Color Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. For most people, competency in ICC Profiling / Color Management indicates knowledge of 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Digital Press Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $39K.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Portland
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Chicago
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Salt Lake City
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Orlando
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National Average
$34,000
Minneapolis
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Rochester
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For those looking to make money, Digital Press Operators in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. Digital Press Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+8 percent), Salt Lake City (+4 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), and Orlando (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Rochester.

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Experience Affects Digital Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Digital Press Operator Salaries

Maintenance
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ICC Profiling / Color Management
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National Average
$34,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 23%