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Electronic Prepress Operator Salary

Electronic Prepress Operators in the United States take home an average $18.95 per hour. Geography and tenure 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 — 68 percent to be exact. Although a fair number have medical coverage and around half have dental coverage, approximately one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,047 - $58,374
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $43,432
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$14.10 - $25.72
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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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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$30,066 - $57,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$20.41 - $38.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$30,066 - $57,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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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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It's not very common for Electronic Prepress Operators to move on to become Prepress Managers. Average pay for a Prepress Manager is $53K annually. As Electronic Prepress Operators progress in their field, many go on to become Prepress Supervisors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $49K per year. Another common career choice for Electronic Prepress Operators is to move into a Graphic Arts Production Artist role. Typically, Graphic Arts Production Artists get paid $37K.

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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, 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.


Electronic Prepress Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electronic Prepress Operators make a median salary of $43K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Electronic Prepress Operators, 20 percent higher than the national average. Electronic Prepress Operators will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+14 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Cincinnati (+8 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). Electronic Prepress Operators in Green Bay make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Buffalo (10 percent lower) and Rochester (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Electronic Prepress Operator Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Illustrator
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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 94 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 25%
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