Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States take home an average $19.13 per hour. Geographic 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 make up the majority of Electronic Prepress Operators (69 percent) survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,167 - $58,466
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$32K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,660
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$14.18 - $25.45
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,167 - $58,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$30,276 - $57,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$20.87 - $37.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$30,276 - $57,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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. With an annual salary of $49K, Prepress Supervisor is the most common role for Electronic Prepress Operators to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Graphic Arts Production Artist role — which usually pays $38K — is also typical for Electronic Prepress Operators, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Survey takers who work as Electronic Prepress Operators usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Prepress, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design. Most people who know 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Electronic Prepress Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,517

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Electronic Prepress Operators can earn above-average salaries when they head to the middle of the country. Specifically, Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis represent the three top-paying cities for Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States. Compared to the national average, Green Bay Electronic Prepress Operators have considerably lower salaries, 30 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. New York and Buffalo are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries



National Average
$42,000



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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Prepress
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National Average
$42,000

Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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