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Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

Median pay for Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.47 per hour. In the world of Prepress Technician or Workers, overall income ranges from $24K near the bottom to $51K at the top; this can include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Male Prepress Technician or Workers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Though the majority of Prepress Technician or Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$25,018 - $51,403
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51K
MEDIAN: $36,371
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$11.03 - $22.50
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,018 - $51,403  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $3,095  
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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$24,164 - $51,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $22.50  
   
Overtime
$16.45 - $33.19  
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 - $1,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $3,095  
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).
)
$24,164 - $51,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Prepress Managers. That role pays $53K per year on average. However, becoming a Electronic Prepress Operator or Graphic Artist & Designer is a more frequent transition for Prepress Technician or Workers.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Survey results suggest that Prepress Technician or Workers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 and Graphic Design. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Prepress Technician or Worker

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


For many Prepress Technician or Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $35K. Prepress Technician or Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. 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 $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 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%