Print Press Operator Salary

Male Print Press Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.92 per hour in the United States. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Print Press Operators. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,687 - $61,277
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$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,580
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$12.36 - $24.47
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MEDIAN: $17.92
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$0$61K
Salary $29,687 - $61,277
Bonus $148.99 - $3,020
Profit Sharing $4,422
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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$27,112 - $57,072
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 38
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.36 - $24.47
Overtime $20.07 - $36.79
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $148.99 - $3,020
Profit Sharing $4,422
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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$27,112 - $57,072
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 418

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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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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. An Offset Press Operator or a Press Operator is a typical transition from a Print Press Operator role.

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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 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Print Press Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲12%

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Skills That Affect Print Press Operator Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
▲33%

ICC Profiling / Color Management
▲15%


National Average
$40,000

Equipment Maintenance
▼9%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 22%
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