Print Press Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Print Press Operators in the United States, bringing in about $17.71 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field — close to a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. For the most part, Print Press Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,087 - $61,445
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,488
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$12.18 - $24.36
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$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,087 - $61,445  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$26,560 - $56,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $24.36  
   
Overtime
$19.81 - $37.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$484.79 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$26,560 - $56,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 411

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Print Press Operator


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Print Press Operators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Operations Manager. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. A Print Press Operator may also move into a role as an Offset Press Operator or a Press Operator.

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Pay by Experience Level for Print Press Operator

Pay by Experience for a Print Press Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Print Press Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 116 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Print 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 $37,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Print 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 135 salaries. A Print 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 $45,000 based on 129 salaries.

Print Press Operator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Print Press Operator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
▲35%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
▲17%


National Average
$40,000

Equipment Maintenance
▼8%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 21%
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