Pay for Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.42 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Electronic Prepress Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Electronic Prepress Operators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,562 - $55,000
$36K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,168
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$14.61 - $26.13
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$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,562 - $55,000  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $4,208  
Profit Sharing
$1,376  
Total Pay (?
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$30,921 - $58,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $26.13  
   
Overtime
$22.52 - $38.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$102.13 - $4,208  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,376  
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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$30,921 - $58,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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Job Description for Electronic Prepress Operator

An electronic prepress operator is a digital design specialist who ensures their organization's digital images and files are of the highest quality. At the beginning of the electronic prepress process, the operator frequently travels with a sales representative to the client's office for training and information gathering; they also try to learn about how the client wishes to express itself, the images it is trying to evoke, the client's branding, and their expectations for the final digital product. For example, the client may be looking to create an image-focused advertisement that evokes certain messages and images associated with the client's brand image.

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Electronic Prepress Operator Tasks

  • Identify missing content, illustrations or other problems and communicate with client.
  • Determine, document and communicate layout considerations, including page count and bleed.
  • Receive, validate and check accuracy of digital files.
  • Retouch and correct files, illustrations and plates to finalize for publication.

Common Career Paths for Electronic Prepress Operator


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Electronic Prepress Operators do not often transition into Prepress Manager roles. The role averages $53K per year. The most common career progression for Electronic Prepress Operators leads to becoming a Prepress Supervisor, where average pay is $49K annually. However, many Electronic Prepress Operators also opt to become Graphic Arts Production Artists. Typically, a Graphic Arts Production Artist brings home $38K.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Survey results suggest that Electronic Prepress Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronic Prepress Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Electronic Prepress Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. Electronic Prepress Operators see a median salary of $42K 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 $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,422

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Electronic Prepress Operators, Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, three midwestern cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Green Bay, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (17 percent lower) and Buffalo (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Electronic Prepress Operator

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%
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Experience Affects Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries


Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$41,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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