Press Operator Salary

Pay for Press Operators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.37 per hour. In the world of Press Operators, overall income ranges from $23K near the bottom to $54K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Press Operators (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Press Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just under one in four claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$22,991 - $60,821
$23K
$37K
$61K
MEDIAN: $37,214
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$10.20 - $23.14
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MEDIAN: $15.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,991 - $60,821  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $3,000  
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $5,106  
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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$22,641 - $53,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $23.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$14.98 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$200.00 - $3,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $5,106  
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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$22,641 - $53,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 744

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Job Description for Press Operator

Press operators' primary function is to safely and efficiently use a press to perform printing-related tasks required by their employer. It is essential for the press operator to have an excellent understanding of the machinery and be able identify tool wear or damage to prevent further issues. The press operator is also in charge of performing equipment setup and minor maintenance such as lubrication, cleaning, and adjustments. They update the press history sheet to ensure that any changes or adjustments are noted. When there is an issue or something does not seem correct, the press operator must know when and how to stop equipment and ask for clarification on the procedure or product. After each product is finished, the press operator should examine it to ensure the work was done properly. These professionals generally work full time in a factory environment.

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Press Operator Tasks

  • Set up, monitor, and maintain press to meet product specifications and timelines.
  • Complete job run logs, including any mechanical problems and metrics for output, waste, and spoilage.
  • Maintain and calibrate equipment, complying with all safety regulations and submitting orders for complex repairs.
  • Inspect, package, and document finished orders.

Common Career Paths for Press Operator


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Though some Press Operators move into positions like Production Supervisor (where the average salary is $51K), this progression is not the norm. Becoming a Web-Press Operator or a Digital Press Operator is, however, a more typical career progression for Press Operators.

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Popular Skills for Press Operator


Survey results suggest that Press Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Printing and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 66 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Troubleshooting, Team Leadership, and press operator. The majority of those who know Machine Operation also know press operator and Printing.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator

Pay by Experience for a Press Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Press Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 363 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Press Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 190 salaries. An experienced Press Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 213 salaries. A Press Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 152 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,975

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Press Operators, 59 percent above the national average. Press Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+49 percent), Green Bay (+31 percent), Columbus (+30 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Press Operator's salary, with Indianapolis Press Operators earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Toledo (9 percent less) and Grand Rapids (3 percent less).

Press Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Press Operator?

Press Operator in Birmingham:
"My Press Operating Experience."
Pros: I run a die cast press machine everyday which makes thermal decals. What I like most about my job is the process that goes into making a decal. Upon the first "press" the decal comes out looking like crap. My job is to get the metal die set up and then apply different elements such as more/less heat, pressure, tape, etc.. to make the press surface even so that I get a nice smooth cut decal. This is a learned technique. I get a sense of accomplishment with each job that I make. As long as deadlines are met, the work hours are flexible. My position is not micro-managed; I general work on my own.
Cons: At times it can be stressful because of deadlines. This job requires standing on your feet in one spot for 8+ hours a day.

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Key Stats for Press Operator

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Press Operator Salaries

▲30%

▲16%

▲1%

National Average
$35,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Printing
▲66%


Machine Operation
▼0%

National Average
$35,000

press operator
▼10%

Team Leadership
▼12%

Troubleshooting
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 22%