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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Printing and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 68 percent and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting, Team Leadership, and press operator. Those proficient in Machine Operation are, more often than not, also skilled in press operator and Printing.
Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Press Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $30K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $34K. For Press Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $44K.
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