Prepress Technician or Worker Salary (United States)

For Prepress Technician or Workers, hourly wages usually total $16.40 per hour. The range in pay spans from $11.11 per hour to $22.83. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, around one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Prepress Technician or Workers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Prepress Technician or Worker Salary (?
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$24,673 - $51,044
(Median)
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29K
35K
41K
51K
MEDIAN: $35,317
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Prepress Technician or Worker Salary (?
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$11.11 - $22.83
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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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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While not commonly seen, Prepress Technician or Workers who transition into a Prepress Manager position may earn an additional $17,160 per year. More often, however, Prepress Technician or Workers go on to become Electronic Prepress Operators or Graphic Artist / Designers.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker

Prepress Technician or Workers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Adobe Acrobat is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design. The majority of those who know Adobe InDesign also 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.
For Prepress Technician or Workers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $29K to $34K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $40K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Prepress Technician or Workers earning an average of $42K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a quarter. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Prepress Technician or Worker Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 6%
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%