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Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

The average Prepress Technician or Worker in the United States earns approximately $16.43 per hour. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. There are more male Prepress Technician or Workers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,761 - $51,353
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,355
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$11.06 - $22.57
(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
$24,761 - $51,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
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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$24,068 - $51,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.06 - $22.57  
   
Overtime
$16.18 - $33.17  
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 - $1,023  
   
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).
)
$24,068 - $51,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290

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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. Electronic Prepress Operators or Prepress Supervisors are common next-step roles for Prepress Technician or Workers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electronic Prepress Operators is $6K higher on average, and it's $14K higher for Prepress Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Survey results suggest that Prepress Technician or Workers put a wide range of professional skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe PDF and Graphic Design. For most people, competency in Adobe InDesign indicates knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $34K. Prepress Technician or Workers see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark 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
0%

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 60 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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%