Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Average Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States make around $18.86 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electronic Prepress Operators. Men account for the majority of Electronic Prepress Operators who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. One in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well.

$32,466 - $58,723
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$59K
MEDIAN: $44,314
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$14.14 - $25.74
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,466 - $58,723  
   
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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$30,118 - $57,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.14 - $25.74  
   
Overtime
$20.58 - $38.31  
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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$30,118 - $57,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Though it's uncommon, some Electronic Prepress Operators move into roles as Prepress Managers, where pay is an average $53K per year. The most common promotion for Electronic Prepress Operators is Prepress Supervisor, a position that typically pays $49K annually. Another standard transition for Electronic Prepress Operators seeking advancement is to assume a Graphic Arts Production Artist role, where pay is often $37K.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Survey results suggest that Electronic Prepress Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. Electronic Prepress Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Electronic Prepress Operators, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above 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 take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Employers in Buffalo and Rochester also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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 Photoshop
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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
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
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: 35% employee benefits None: 24%
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