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Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Median pay for Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States is around $18.95 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Electronic Prepress Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and roughly one-half have dental, as well. Electronic Prepress Operators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 69 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,047 - $58,374
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $43,432
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$14.11 - $25.70
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,047 - $58,374  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
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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$30,079 - $57,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $25.70  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $38.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
   
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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$30,079 - $57,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378

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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. Becoming a Prepress Supervisor is, more often than not, the most common role that Electronic Prepress Operators move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $49K. Another frequent advance is for Electronic Prepress Operators to assume a Graphic Arts Production Artist role; in this role, workers often earn $37K.

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Popular Skills for Electronic Prepress Operator


Electronic Prepress Operators only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Prepress, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Adobe InDesign are similarly competent in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. Electronic Prepress Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. 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


Electronic Prepress Operators will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Electronic Prepress Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+14 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Cincinnati (+8 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). Electronic Prepress Operators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Electronic Prepress Operators in Green Bay bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Buffalo and Rochester are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 6 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 Illustrator
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Prepress
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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 95 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 25%
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