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Press Operator Salary

Median pay for Press Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.23 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.84 per hour to $21.88. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,575 - $53,993
(Median)
29K
36K
44K
54K
MEDIAN: $36,495
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$9.84 - $21.88
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,575 - $53,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,912  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,200  
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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$20,936 - $51,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $21.88  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $32.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,912  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,200  
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).
)
$20,936 - $51,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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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Press Operators who transition into an upper level Production Supervisor role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $49K per year. Press Operators most often move into positions as Print Press Operators or Offset Press Operators; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator

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


Press Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $29K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Press Operator Reviews

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 19%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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