Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States can expect wages of $19.46 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Electronic Prepress Operators who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$34,521 - $56,171
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$35K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,096
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$14.61 - $25.91
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$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$34,521 - $56,171  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $4,271  
Profit Sharing
$1,376  
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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$30,899 - $59,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$22.04 - $38.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$100.67 - $4,271  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,376  
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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$30,899 - $59,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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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While Electronic Prepress Operators do not often become Prepress Managers, the job pays $53K per year on average. A Prepress Supervisor role is the most common promotion for Electronic Prepress Operators moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $49K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Electronic Prepress Operators is a Graphic Arts Production Artist position, where earnings are usually $38K.

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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, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Prepress are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

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 $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. Electronic Prepress Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,690

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The top paying jobs for Electronic Prepress Operators can be found in the Midwest. Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis all offer salaries above the national rate. Location significantly influences compensation, with Green Bay Electronic Prepress Operators earning much less — 30 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (18 percent lower) and Buffalo (11 percent lower).

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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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National Average
$42,000

Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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