Men make up the majority of Print Press Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.54 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Print Press Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly more than a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,672 - $60,267
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,033
10%
50%
90%

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$11.97 - $24.99
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,672 - $60,267  
   
Bonus
$146.81 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$25,414 - $56,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$18.21 - $36.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$146.81 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$25,414 - $56,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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Job Description for Print Press Operator

A print press operator sets up the print press machines and color swatches, as well as operates the press. Some positions may even require the operator to install new machines, so proficiency and knowledge with all relevant equipment may be needed before the operator starts work. Individuals in this position may work at publications such as magazines and newspapers or for organizations providing printing services for businesses. A print press operator might also develop designs and color coordination for prints to be used to reach prospective clients.

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Print Press Operator Tasks

  • Make plates and mix ink.
  • Set up and operate printing press.
  • Shut down printing presses by removing ink and paper, cleaning parts and components.
  • Establish printing quality by adjusting ink distribution, speed and drying temperatures.
  • Maintain press supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level.

Common Career Paths for Print Press Operator


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As Print Press Operators transition into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Managers earn $59K on average per year. It is not unusual for a Print Press Operator to become an Offset Press Operator or a Heavy Duty Printing Press Operator.

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Pay by Experience Level for Print Press Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Print Press Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Print Press Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $45K.

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What is it like working as a Print Press Operator?

Print Press Operator in Haltom City:
"Not always Challenging, though sometimes stressful."
Pros: As an operator I feel very comfortable around this very expensive equipment even though I was only given a 4 days to learn what took others a month.. The tasks are usually very simple and I don't come across very many troubles.
Cons: When things go bad oh boy they go really bad. When one of these expensive machines goes down it takes days to get them back up because I have to deal with some of the worst techs. Just because the machines are down doesn't mean the requests to print and produce stop. The pressure is immense and quite unbearable sometimes.

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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 39%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000


Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 5%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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