Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Pay for Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.13 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. Male Electronic Prepress Operators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,167 - $58,466
(Median)
$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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Electronic Prepress Operators do not often transition into Prepress Manager roles. The role averages $53K per year. The most common career progression for Electronic Prepress Operators leads to becoming a Prepress Supervisor, where average pay is $49K annually. However, many Electronic Prepress Operators also opt to become Graphic Arts Production Artists. Typically, a Graphic Arts Production Artist brings home $38K.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Electronic Prepress Operators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Prepress, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,517

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis — each located in the Midwest — boast salaries above the national rate for Electronic Prepress Operators, making this region (and these three cities) top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Electronic Prepress Operators in Green Bay earn salaries far below the national average by 30 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 17 percent less in New York and 10 percent less in Buffalo, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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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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