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Prepress Technician or Worker Salary (United States)

A typical Prepress Technician or Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.40 per hour. While some workers in this profession — between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair portion do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. More than half of Prepress Technician or Workers (64 percent) are men. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Prepress Technician or Worker Salary (?
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$24,673 - $51,044
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MEDIAN: $35,317
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$11.11 - $22.83
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,673 - $51,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
Profit Sharing
$575 - $1,750  
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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$24,204 - $51,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $22.83  
   
Overtime
$16.49 - $33.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$575 - $1,750  
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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$24,204 - $51,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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 do not often transition into Prepress Manager roles. The role tends to pay $53K per year. More commonly, Prepress Technician or Workers become Electronic Prepress Operators or Graphic Artists & Designers.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design. Those familiar with Adobe InDesign also tend to know Adobe Illustrator.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. Prepress Technician or Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; approximately one-half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just over a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to a fourth.

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Experience Affects Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries

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$35,000

Skills That Affect Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe PDF
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National Average
$35,000
Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 22%