Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

For Electronic Prepress Operators, hourly average wages total $18.85 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the majority of Electronic Prepress Operators (68 percent) survey respondents. Most Electronic Prepress Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. While roughly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,991 - $58,555
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$59K
MEDIAN: $44,182
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$14.08 - $25.67
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,991 - $58,555  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
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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$30,026 - $57,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $38.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
   
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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$30,026 - $57,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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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While not commonly seen, Electronic Prepress Operators who transition into a Prepress Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Prepress Managers is $53K per year. A Prepress Supervisor role is the most common promotion for Electronic Prepress Operators moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $49K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Electronic Prepress Operators is a Graphic Arts Production Artist position, where earnings are usually $37K.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Adobe InDesign also tend to know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronic Prepress 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. 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


For Electronic Prepress Operators, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Electronic Prepress Operators will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+14 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Cincinnati (+8 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). Electronic Prepress Operators in Green Bay earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Buffalo and Rochester (10 percent lower and 7 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 InDesign
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Adobe Illustrator
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National Average
$41,000

Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 24%
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