Press Operator Salary

The average Press Operator in the United States earns approximately $15.62 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Press Operators can bottom out near $23K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are far more male Press Operators survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Most Press Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,088 - $61,626
$23K
$38K
$62K
MEDIAN: $37,859
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$10.39 - $23.08
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$0$61K
Salary $23,088 - $61,626
Bonus $204.26 - $3,973
Profit Sharing $202.03 - $5,068
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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$22,933 - $53,207
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 38
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.39 - $23.08
Hourly Tips $0.77
Overtime $15.14 - $34.82
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $204.26 - $3,973
Profit Sharing $202.03 - $5,068
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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$22,933 - $53,207
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 797

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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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While not commonly seen, Press Operators who transition into a Production Supervisor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Production Supervisors is $51K per year. However, it's more common for Press Operators to move into roles as Web-Press Operators or Digital Press Operators.

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Popular Skills for Press Operator


Press Operators report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Printing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 63 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Troubleshooting, Team Leadership, and press operator. Those educated in Machine Operation tend to be well versed in press operator and Printing.

Pay by Experience Level for Press Operator

Pay by Experience for a Press Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Press Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 363 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Press Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 190 salaries. An experienced Press Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 213 salaries. A Press Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 152 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,671

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Press Operators, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Press Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+46 percent), Green Bay (+28 percent), Columbus (+27 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Press Operators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Press Operators in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Toledo (10 percent less) and Grand Rapids (5 percent less).

Press Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Press Operator?

Press Operator in Lenox:
Pros: None. I don't like production work. I don't like repetitive work.
Cons: Everything. I'm not happy at my job.

Press Operator in Edna:
"Make sure everything runs smootg."
Pros: Everything I enjoy my job. Just not enough pay.
Cons: No breaks hardly boss is a da and no rules.

Press Operator in Oconomowoc:
"Good some days, bad others.....a hero one day, a zero the ne."
Pros:
Cons:

Press Operator in Chicago:
"Press operator."
Pros: Nice easy going job pretty easy for me get to work with my hands.
Cons: Sometimes don't see family long hours.

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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Key Stats for Press Operator

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Press Operator Salaries

▲28%

▲14%

National Average
$36,000

▼1%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Printing
▲63%


National Average
$36,000

Machine Operation
▼2%

press operator
▼12%

Team Leadership
▼14%

Troubleshooting
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 20%
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