Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

Median pay for Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States is around $16.51 per hour. The majority of Prepress Technician or Workers (65 percent) survey respondents are male. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Prepress Technician or Workers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,490 - $50,615
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,425
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50%
90%

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$11.21 - $22.69
(Median)
$11
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,490 - $50,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $2,800  
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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$24,167 - $50,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $22.69  
   
Overtime
$16.28 - $33.09  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $2,800  
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).
)
$24,167 - $50,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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Job Description for Prepress Technician or Worker

The prepress technician holds a production-based position in which they prepare materials for the printing process. Individuals in this position are in charge of ensuring artwork meets certain requirements and that the application of this artwork is completed properly (for example, that files include the correct paper size and color). Prepress technicians participate in meetings with various departments, including sales and management, to ensure that prepress methods are fully optimized and running smoothly. Contact with clients may also be necessary, and technicians work directly with artists and designers.

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Prepress Technician or Worker Tasks

  • Scan or upload print and electronic files.
  • Make color, text, and digital image corrections.
  • Maintain, repair and troubleshoot presses and printing equipment as needed.
  • Ensure proper format, appearance and layout of text and images before publication.
  • Set up printing presses to produce film, plate or electronic proofs.

Common Career Paths for Prepress Technician or Worker


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Prepress Technician or Workers who advance into the role of a Prepress Manager are fairly uncommon. Prepress Managers on average earn $53K per year. Career advancement for the typical Prepress Technician or Worker often leads to becoming an Electronic Prepress Operator or a Prepress Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Survey results imply that Prepress Technician or Workers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe PDF. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Prepress Technician or Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Prepress Technician or Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $30K. Prepress Technician or Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries



National Average
$36,000



Skills That Affect Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%
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