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Print Press Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Print Press Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.63 per hour nationwide. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Though the majority of Print Press Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,083 - $63,616
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$64K
MEDIAN: $36,121
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90%

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$12.26 - $24.18
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,083 - $63,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,105  
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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$26,035 - $55,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $24.18  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $34.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,105  
   
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).
)
$26,035 - $55,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 339

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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. A Print Press Operator often moves on 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Print Press Operators see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Print Press Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 21%