Press Operator Salary

An average Press Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.29 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just over a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Most Press Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,896 - $56,171
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,793
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$9.89 - $22.21
(Median)
$9
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,896 - $56,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
Profit Sharing
$128.80 - $3,878  
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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$21,115 - $51,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $22.21  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $33.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.80 - $3,878  
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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$21,115 - $51,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 613
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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

  • Maintain and calibrate equipment, complying with all safety regulations and submitting orders for complex repairs.
  • Inspect, package, and document finished orders.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Press Operator


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For Press Operators, progressing to a Production Supervisor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Production Supervisor can earn $50K annually. The most common next step for a Press Operator is to become a Print Press Operator or an Offset Press Operator. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Press Operators usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Press Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $28K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $32K on average. On average, Press Operators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Press Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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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Experience Affects Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 20%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%
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