Electronic Prepress Operator Salary
For Electronic Prepress Operators, hourly average wages total $19.76 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Electronic Prepress Operators is high. Male Electronic Prepress Operators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$35,314 - $52,482|
|Bonus||$102.13 - $4,208|
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|$31,483 - $58,186|
|Hourly Rate||$14.77 - $26.18|
|Overtime||$22.72 - $38.36|
|Bonus||$102.13 - $4,208|
|Total Pay (||$31,483 - $58,186|
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.Read More...
After returning from the client's offices, the electronic prepress operator uses digital imaging software to start creating the final digital image. To effectively generate the final product, the prepress operator must have knowledge of industry best practices such as layering. They also must ensure that the final product is of highest quality by monitoring proportions and perspectives. The electronic prepress operator must also alter their draft of the image in response to any feedback from their supervisor and/or the client.
Often, electronic prepress operators hold a high school diploma or equivalent; postesecondary training may be preferred. Electronic prepress operators must be experience with relevant editing software and be effective communicators to work well with colleagues, supervisors, and clients.
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
As Electronic Prepress Operators transition into upper-level roles such as Prepress Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Prepress Managers earn $53K on average per year. An Electronic Prepress Operator often moves on to become a Prepress Supervisor or a Prepress Specialist.
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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 Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.
Pay by Experience Level for Electronic Prepress Operator
Pay by Experience for an Electronic Prepress Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Electronic Prepress Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 52 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electronic Prepress Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Electronic Prepress Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 100 salaries. An Electronic Prepress Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 127 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Electronic Prepress Operators in search of above-average pay will head to the middle of the country: In particular, Electronic Prepress Operators in Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis are the best-paid American cities for Electronic Prepress Operators, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Green Bay. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Buffalo and 10 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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