Press Operator Salary

For Press Operators, hourly average wages total $15.24 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.90 per hour and $22.09. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Most Press Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$28,896 - $56,171

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$9.90 - $22.09

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,896 - $56,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
Profit Sharing
$162.50 - $3,500  
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).
)
$21,170 - $51,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $22.09  
   
Overtime
$14.63 - $33.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$162.50 - $3,500  
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).
)
$21,170 - $51,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Press Operators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Production Supervisor. The latter position pays an average of $50K annually. Typical career progression for a Press Operator involves becoming a Print Press Operator or an Offset Press Operator, roles that pay $3K more and $5K more on average.

Press Operator Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Typical Press Operators report a focused set of job skills. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $32K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. On average, Press Operators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 20%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

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
32%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

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