Press Operator Salary
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.Read More...
The press operator must be able to regularly perform physical activity, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and perform full body movements. Safety is essential in this position, and the press operator must wear required safety equipment, such as a face safety shield or safety glasses, at all times. Previous experience in a related position is generally required by employers.
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.
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Press Operators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Printing and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Troubleshooting and press operator. Most people familiar with Machine Operation also know press operator and Printing.
Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $29K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $34K on average. Press Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Press Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.
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