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Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

Pay for Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.48 per hour. The majority of Prepress Technician or Workers (65 percent) who took the survey 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. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,603 - $51,657
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,158
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$11.15 - $22.64
(Median)
$11
$16
$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
$24,603 - $51,657  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,195  
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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$24,125 - $50,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $22.64  
   
Overtime
$16.03 - $33.12  
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 - $1,195  
   
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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$24,125 - $50,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289

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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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While not commonly seen, Prepress Technician or Workers who transition into a Prepress Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Prepress Managers is $53K per year. It is quite typical for Prepress Technician or Workers to transition into roles as Electronic Prepress Operators or Prepress Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $6K and $13K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Prepress Technician or Workers report using a wide range 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. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $30K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. On average, Prepress Technician or Workers make $41K following one to two decades on the job. 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
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 59 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%
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