Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

Median pay for Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.54 per hour. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While approximately one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Men make up the majority of Prepress Technician or Workers (64 percent) survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,539 - $51,212
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,664
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$11.00 - $22.65
(Median)
$11
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,539 - $51,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $2,878  
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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$23,892 - $50,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $22.65  
   
Overtime
$16.07 - $32.98  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $2,878  
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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$23,892 - $50,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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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. Prepress Technician or Workers typically move into roles as Electronic Prepress Operators or Prepress Supervisors, and those positions pay $6K more and $13K more, 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe PDF and Graphic Design. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also 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.


Prepress Technician or Workers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $30K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $34K on average. 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 have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $43K on average.

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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 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

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
25%
5-9 years
23%
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: 20%
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