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Digital Press Operator Salary (United States)

Digital Press Operators in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $15.44 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.44 per hour and $21.22. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Male Digital Press Operators are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Digital Press Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$11.44 - $21.22
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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  
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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  
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 suggest that Digital Press Operators put a wide range of professional skills 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in ICC Profiling / Color Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Prepress.

Pay by Experience Level for Digital Press Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Digital Press Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Digital Press Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $40K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

Portland
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Minneapolis
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National Average
$34,000
Rochester
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Digital Press Operators, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Digital Press Operators will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+9 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Rochester, which sits 9 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Digital Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
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
up arrow 4%
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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Highly satisfied
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%