Press Operator Salary

Earnings for Press Operators in the United States come in at around $15.28 per hour on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just over one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,896 - $56,171
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,793
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$9.89 - $22.21
(Median)
$9
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,896 - $56,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
Profit Sharing
$128.80 - $3,878  
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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$21,089 - $51,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $22.21  
   
Overtime
$14.69 - $33.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,634  
   
Profit Sharing
$128.80 - $3,878  
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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$21,089 - $51,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 624
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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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Press Operators may progress into high-paying roles like Production Supervisor, where median compensation is $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.

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Press Operators report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $28K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. Press Operators bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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.

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Experience Affects Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Press Operator Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 20%

National Average
$34,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

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
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

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