Print Press Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Print Press Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.74 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,148 - $63,616
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$64K
MEDIAN: $36,121
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$12.19 - $24.22
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$22,148 - $63,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,082  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
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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$25,830 - $55,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.22  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $35.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
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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$25,830 - $55,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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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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For Print Press Operators, progressing to an Operations Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Operations Manager can earn $59K annually. It is not uncommon for a Print Press Operator to continue on to become an Offset Press Operator or a Heavy Duty Printing Press Operator.

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Job skills reported by Print Press Operators are limited. Machine Operation and ICC Profiling / Color Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Print Press Operator

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


Print Press Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. Print Press Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Print Press Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $42K.

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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 21%
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