Print Press Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Print Press Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.84 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$22,148 - $63,616

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$12.21 - $24.25

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$22,148 - $63,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,121  
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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$25,866 - $55,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $24.25  
   
Overtime
$17.76 - $35.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,121  
   
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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$25,866 - $55,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 346
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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. Becoming an Offset Press Operator or a Heavy Duty Printing Press Operator is often the next step for a Print Press Operator.

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Survey takers who work as Print Press Operators report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Machine Operation, ICC Profiling / Color Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Print Press Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 22%
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