Digital Press Operator Salary (United States)

The average Digital Press Operator in the United States earns approximately $15.44 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $11.44 per hour and does not exceed $21.22. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession—22 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Digital Press Operators. Most Digital Press Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Digital Press Operator Salary (?
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$28,000 - $59,322
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MEDIAN: $38,019
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Digital Press Operator Salary (?
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$11.44 - $21.22
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,000 - $59,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
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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$24,695 - $48,527  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $21.22  
   
Overtime
$16.81 - $33.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
   
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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$24,695 - $48,527  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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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

Survey results imply that Digital Press Operators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Prepress, Maintenance, ICC Profiling / Color Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 4 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 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.
Digital Press Operators with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Starting out, salaries are typically $31K, which grows to $36K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $38K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries grow more slowly as Digital Press Operators approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $39,883. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$34,000
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Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Digital Press Operators, 9 percent higher than the national average. Digital Press Operators will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+9 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Rochester.

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Experience Affects Digital Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Digital Press Operator Salaries

Prepress
up arrow 12%
Maintenance
up arrow 4%
ICC Profiling / Color Management
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National Average
$34,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%
Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 83 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
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 22%
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