Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

The average Electronic Prepress Operator in the United States earns approximately $19.48 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. The majority of Electronic Prepress Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,454 - $54,248
$35K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,952
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$14.62 - $26.36
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MEDIAN: $19.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,454 - $54,248  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $4,169  
Profit Sharing
$1,376  
Total Pay (?
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$30,971 - $59,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $26.36  
   
Overtime
$22.39 - $38.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$103.04 - $4,169  
   
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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$30,971 - $59,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Electronic Prepress Operator


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At the upper end, Electronic Prepress Operators who move into a Prepress Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Prepress Managers is a much higher $53K per year. Typical career progression for an Electronic Prepress Operator involves becoming a Prepress Supervisor or a Prepress Specialist, roles that pay $8K more and $1K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Electronic Prepress Operators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronic Prepress Operator

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


For Electronic Prepress Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. For Electronic Prepress Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,444

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

For Electronic Prepress Operators, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. Green Bay is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Buffalo and New York (10 percent less).

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Key Stats for Electronic Prepress Operator

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
48%
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Experience Affects Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$41,000

▼7%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries


National Average
$41,000



▼2%


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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