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Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Median pay for Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States is around $18.78 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. More than half of Electronic Prepress Operators (68 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Electronic Prepress Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,690 - $57,945
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MEDIAN: $43,054
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$13.78 - $25.60
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,690 - $57,945  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $1,474  
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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$29,388 - $57,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $25.60  
   
Overtime
$20.33 - $37.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $1,474  
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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$29,388 - $57,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Prepress Managers. That role pays $53K per year on average. Becoming a Prepress Supervisor is, more often than not, the most common role that Electronic Prepress Operators move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $49K. Another frequent advance is for Electronic Prepress Operators to assume a Graphic Arts Production Artist role; in this role, workers often earn $37K.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Electronic Prepress Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Prepress, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Adobe InDesign tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electronic Prepress Operators make a median salary of $43K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


Electronic Prepress Operators will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Electronic Prepress Operators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Cincinnati (+9 percent). Electronic Prepress Operators in Green Bay report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 29 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Buffalo and Rochester (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe InDesign
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Prepress
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Graphic Design
0%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 24%