Earnings for Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States come in at around $17.50 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Though the majority of Prepress Technician or Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Male Prepress Technician or Workers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,807 - $61,823
$29K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,105
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$12.46 - $23.61
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,807 - $61,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,643  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$26,953 - $52,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $23.61  
   
Overtime
$18.86 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,643  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$26,953 - $52,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 225

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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

  • Ensure proper format, appearance and layout of text and images before publication.
  • Set up printing presses to produce film, plate or electronic proofs.
  • Maintain, repair and troubleshoot presses and printing equipment as needed.
  • Scan or upload print and electronic files.
  • Make color, text, and digital image corrections.

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. A common career progression for a Prepress Technician or Worker is to become an Electronic Prepress Operator or a Prepress Supervisor. Compared to Prepress Technician or Workers, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Prepress Technician or Workers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Prepress, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop 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 Adobe InDesign. 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 Prepress Technician or Workers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. For Prepress Technician or Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Prepress Technician or Workers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.

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Key Stats for Prepress Technician or Worker

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries



National Average
$38,000



Skills That Affect Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries


National Average
$38,000


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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