Press Operator Salary

Earnings for Press Operators in the United States come in at around $15.28 per hour on average. Total cash earnings of Press Operators range from $21K on the low end to $52K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $5K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Press Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,500 - $58,594
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$59K
MEDIAN: $39,264
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$9.99 - $22.38
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,500 - $58,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,762  
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $4,562  
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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$21,470 - $51,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $22.38  
   
Overtime
$14.63 - $33.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,762  
   
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $4,562  
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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$21,470 - $51,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 790
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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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It's not very common for Press Operators to move on to become Production Supervisors. Average pay for a Production Supervisor is $50K annually. When Press Operators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Print Press Operators or Offset Press Operators. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $5K, respectively.

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Press Operators usually report a few specific skills. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Machine Operation. Machine Operation and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator

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


Press Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $28K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $32K. Press Operators bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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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 20%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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