Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

Average Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States make around $16.63 per hour. Some workers in this field — approximately one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Prepress Technician or Workers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,740 - $50,942

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$11.03 - $22.71

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,740 - $50,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,186  
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $3,850  
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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$23,996 - $50,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $22.71  
   
Overtime
$16.18 - $33.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,186  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $3,850  
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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$23,996 - $50,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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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It's not very common for Prepress Technician or Workers to move on to become Prepress Managers. Average pay for a Prepress Manager is $53K annually. Prepress Technician or Workers most often move into positions as Electronic Prepress Operators or Prepress Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe PDF, Graphic Design, and Prepress. The majority of those who know Adobe InDesign also know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Prepress Technician or Worker

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


Prepress Technician or Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $30K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $34K. For Prepress Technician or Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Prepress Technician or Workers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $43K.

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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 12%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Prepress
up arrow 3%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%
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