Press Operators in the United States take home approximately $15.21 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Press Operators — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $22K to approximately $53K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Male Press Operators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,832 - $61,157
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$23K
$37K
$61K
MEDIAN: $36,583
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$10.14 - $22.84
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,832 - $61,157  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $2,023  
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $5,106  
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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$22,210 - $53,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $22.84  
   
Overtime
$14.86 - $34.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$250.00 - $2,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $5,106  
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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$22,210 - $53,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 714
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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.

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While Press Operators do not often become Production Supervisors, the job pays $51K per year on average. However, Press Operators typically graduate to Web-Press Operators or Digital Press Operators.

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Popular Skills for Press Operator


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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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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Printing
up arrow 70%


National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

press operator
up arrow 8%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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