Prepress Technician or Worker Salary

Median pay for Prepress Technician or Workers in the United States is around $16.90 per hour. 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. There are more male Prepress Technician or Workers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 63 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,750 - $50,806
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,734
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$11.60 - $23.06
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,750 - $50,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,159  
Profit Sharing
$2,849  
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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$24,673 - $51,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $23.06  
   
Overtime
$17.64 - $33.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,159  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,849  
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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$24,673 - $51,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Prepress Manager. The latter position pays an average of $53K annually. 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 $5K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Popular Skills for Prepress Technician or Worker


Prepress Technician or Workers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Prepress, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe PDF and Graphic Design. 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.


For Prepress Technician or Workers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $30K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $34K. Prepress Technician or Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. 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 $43K.

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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%

Prepress
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Adobe PDF
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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