Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States take home an average $17.43 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Prepress Technician or Workers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,383 - $57,666
$28K
$44K
$58K
MEDIAN: $44,138
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$12.65 - $24.12
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.43
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$0$57K
Salary $28,383 - $57,666
Bonus $0.00 - $1,973
Profit Sharing $1,100
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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$27,264 - $52,879
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 38
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.65 - $24.12
Overtime $18.78 - $37.97
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,973
Profit Sharing $1,100
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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$27,264 - $52,879
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 235

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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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As Prepress Technician or Workers transition into upper-level roles such as Prepress Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Prepress Managers earn $53K on average per year. Prepress Technician or Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Electronic Prepress Operators or Prepress Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Prepress Technician or Workers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Prepress, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe PDF, Graphic Design, and Adobe InDesign. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Prepress Technician or Worker

Pay by Experience for a Prepress Technician or Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Prepress Technician or Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 76 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Prepress Technician or Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Prepress Technician or Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 92 salaries. A Prepress Technician or Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 77 salaries.

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Key Stats for Prepress Technician or Worker

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries

▲14%

▲9%

National Average
$38,000

▼7%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
▲1%

National Average
$38,000

Prepress
▼1%





Adobe PDF
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 17%
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