For Digital Press Operators, hourly average wages total $16.46 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Digital Press Operators survey respondents are men (76 percent). Work is enjoyable for Digital Press Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,246 - $53,532
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$26K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,551
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$12.22 - $21.57
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$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,246 - $53,532  
   
Bonus
$456.15 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$26,163 - $50,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $21.57  
   
Overtime
$18.52 - $32.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$456.15 - $9,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$26,163 - $50,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 337

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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

  • 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.

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What is it like working as a Digital Press Operator?

Digital Press Operator in Pasadena:
"Not for everyone."
Pros: What I like most is the independence that you have, as long as you are responsible oohing quite surprises you and you don't need constant supervision.
Cons: Deadlines stack up on top of each other, and rhe hours are not consistent.

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Experience Affects Digital Press Operator Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Digital Press Operator Salaries

Prepress
up arrow 4%

Maintenance
up arrow 2%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 13%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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