Press Operator Salary

The average Press Operator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.33 per hour. Total cash compensation to Press Operators approaches anywhere from $23K on the lower end to $53K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Press Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Press Operators (85 percent) survey respondents are men. While about a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$22,991 - $60,821
$23K
$37K
$61K
MEDIAN: $37,214
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$10.20 - $23.00
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MEDIAN: $15.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,991 - $60,821  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $2,500  
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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$22,614 - $53,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $23.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$14.80 - $34.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$300.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$22,614 - $53,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 761

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Press Operator


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Press Operators who advance into the role of a Production Supervisor are fairly uncommon. Production Supervisors on average earn $51K per year. It is more probable, however, that Press Operators become Web-Press Operators or Digital Press Operators.

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Popular Skills for Press Operator


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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Q: 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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Key Stats for Press Operator

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲17%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Printing
▲68%


Machine Operation
▼0%

National Average
$35,000

press operator
▼8%

Team Leadership
▼12%

Troubleshooting
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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