Print Press Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Print Press Operators earn an average of $17.98 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Print Press Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a fair number have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$22,957 - $62,288
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $34,754
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$12.14 - $24.55
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,957 - $62,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,449  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$25,683 - $56,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $24.55  
   
Overtime
$19.05 - $35.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,449  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$25,683 - $56,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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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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Print Press Operators may progress into high-paying roles like Operations Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. A Print Press Operator may also move into a role as an Offset Press Operator or a Heavy Duty Printing Press Operator.

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Print Press Operators who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in ICC Profiling / Color Management, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Equipment Maintenance, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Print Press Operator

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. Print Press Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $42K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Print Press Operator Reviews

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 10%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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