Print Press Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Print Press Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.81 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,148 - $63,616
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$64K
MEDIAN: $36,121
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$12.17 - $24.25
(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 - $1,107  
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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$25,784 - $55,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $24.25  
   
Overtime
$17.83 - $35.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,107  
   
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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$25,784 - $55,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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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 who transition into an Operations Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K 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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Print Press Operators who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Machine Operation, and ICC Profiling / Color Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Print Press Operator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. Print Press Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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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 22%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 2%

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
15%
5-9 years
16%
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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