Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Median pay for Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.97 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and approximately half have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Electronic Prepress Operators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Work is enjoyable for Electronic Prepress Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$32,415 - $58,882

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$14.11 - $25.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,415 - $58,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
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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$30,062 - $57,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $38.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
   
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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$30,062 - $57,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 385
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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 who advance into the role of a Prepress Manager are fairly uncommon. Prepress Managers on average earn $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


Survey results imply that Electronic Prepress Operators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Adobe InDesign also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Electronic Prepress Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Electronic Prepress Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Electronic Prepress Operators, 20 percent higher than the national average. Electronic Prepress Operators will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+15 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Cincinnati (+8 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). Electronic Prepress Operators in Green Bay make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Buffalo and New York.

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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 Photoshop
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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 90 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
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 24%
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